Top 10 Cybersafe tips
Many online games have a “chat” function. If you permit your child to chat
with opponents, be present to supervise their conversations.
2. To help prevent your kids from viewing inappropriate websites and to set limits
on Internet use, install a program like Bell Aliant Parental Control.
Supervise your children while online. Put the kids’ computer in a common area
of your home, such as the kitchen or family room.
Negotiate a contract with your kids outlining the rights and responsibilities
of Internet use.
Know your children’s login information and e-mail addresses. What user names
and avatars do your kids use?
Look for signs of cyberbullying, such as your child being upset after using the
Internet. Report incidences to their school or police.
Ensure your kids only use webcams with people they know. Keep the webcam
unplugged or the lens cap on when not in use.
Know the features of your video gaming console. Some come with parental
controls. Allow only the functions that are right for your family.
Know the contact names on your children’s instant messaging lists and set the
expectation that you must approve new ones.
10. Explain to your children that once a picture is posted online they have lost
control over where or when it may appear on the Internet.