10 Rules of Internet Safety for Kids


2. Be cautious when developing a website. Children should know never to post a home address, telephone number, or personal photograph on the site. If children wish to have people contact them, they should post an email address. However, children should be aware that once an email address is posted, they may receive unwanted messages. Children should be very cautious when opening any email from an unknown address. If children receive messages that are threatening or sexually explicit, they should immediately inform their parents.

3. Always inform their parents when they come across anything online that makes them uncomfortable. Parents and children can alert their Internet provider or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hot line at 1-800-843-5678.

4. Never, under any circumstances, agree to meet face-to-face someone they have corresponded with online without a parent's permission. If a meeting is arranged, make sure that it takes place in public and that parents always accompany the child.

5. Avoid chat rooms that discuss sex or cults. While these topics may seem interesting at first, they could put a child in danger.

6. Be suspicious of anyone they meet in a chat room who tries to turn them against their family, friends, teachers, or religion.

7. Choose a gender-neutral online name in a chat room to avoid harassment.

8. Never respond to messages or bulletin boards that are sexually obscene, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable in any way.


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