Injury Prevention

Internet Safety

Computers have opened the world to children in many ways. The ability to find and retrieve information and knowledge is now at their fingertips. Unfortunately, there are many dangers associated with this ability. No matter how skilled your child is on the computer, he/she still needs your guidance, involvement, experience and judgment in computer encounters. Just like everything else, you must set rules for your child’s computer activities.

Safety Tips

  • Place the computer in a central family location.
  • Make sure you can walk in and view what your child is doing on the computer at any time. If your child shuts down when you enter the room, consider this a warning sign and a time to talk.
  • Make sure you have access to your child’s e-mail account so you are aware of what is coming in and going out.
  • If you have concerns about sites your child is visiting, check the browser history. It is important for your child to learn what is appropriate and what is not. Talking about your concerns provides a level of education; taking away computer privileges may just encourage your child to use someone else’s computer.
  • Keep the lines of communication open at all times so children will feel comfortable talking if they are uneasy about something they see on the computer.
  • Surf the net together – this is a great way to educate and share interests, and children will not feel like you’re just being overprotective.
  • Remind your children that people online are strangers. All of the rules about strangers still apply. Even if they think they are chatting to a friend, they can never be sure – it is safest to consider them strangers.
  • Refer your children to the Internet Safety page in our For Kids section.
Last Update
February 6, 2008
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Last Update
February 6, 2008