What better place to turn for online safety tips than to parents who are also online? The family safety tips from the parents of Parent Soup follow several common threads and offer some interesting perspectives. Most interesting is how aware parents are of the need to be careful when our kids are online. Strict or lenient, Parent Soup parents offer wise, thoughtful and knowing strategies for keeping our kids safe.
Some Subjects Are Off Limits
"My kids are not allowed to give out their name, hometown, any information about whether we are home are not, or any specifics on their schedules, like ball practice times."
Explain the Dangers
"Talk to your children. And don't just go over what the rules are. You really need to make sure that they understand the importance of giving out little or no information. Tell them that there are many ways for a perpetrator to get the information they need, and that the person on the other end may not always be telling you the truth about who they are. Let your kids know that giving out even some information can hurt them."
~ Parent Soup member Rita1of4
Start a Dialogue with your Kids
"I feel the key is to stay aware and in tune with what is going on when she is on-line and keep an open line of communication continually, which isn't always easy."
~ Parent Soup member TLB531005
Make a Contract
"I had my kids sign an Internet Agreement, which spells out the rules and the consequences of breaking the rules. Consequences include loss of online time."
~ Parent Soup member joywriter