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Last updated: Dec. 11,
Kids -- and Families -- Safe Online
Presentation for Parents, Teachers and Students
Columbia University Journalism Professor
WABC-TV Tech Guru
- Computers are
dumb. Not you!
- The more you know
about your computers, the less likely you are to waste your time, your
energy and your money.
- Technology gets
better and easier to use
- Learning about
technology together is fun -- and important
Things Parents Can Do...
KEEP THE PC IN
Always have the computer in the open. Don't keep it locked in your
child's bedroom - 20 percent of kids have PCs in their bedrooms. And don't
be secretive yourself. Set a good example.
NO PERSONAL INFORMATION
Teach your kids to never give out any personal info -- no addresses, neighborhoods,
street details, and no names of their schools. If your kids are asked
questions or see things that make them uncomfortable, they should come
DRAW UP A "CONTRACT"
Negotiate a contract with "rules of the road" for PC use.
Kids - http://www.safekids.com/contract.htm
Parents - http://www.safekids.com/contract_parent.htm
GET EDUCATED, GET
Teach yourself to use the tools your kids use; surf together; sign up
for chatrooms, get on instant messaging software.
HELPFUL SITES &
Various tech items can help you. Here is a list of tools and sites to
get your started...
ONLINE SAFETY GUIDES
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS
"Computers 101" Tech Special Sunday, April 14, 11-11:30 a.m.
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