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What can I teach my child to be safe on the Internet?

The following are some rules for safe surfing:

  • Remain anonymous. Don’t give out personal info: name, birth date, address, city, school.
  • Go undercover. Create an alias.
  • Raise red flags. Alert an adult if inappropriate contact is made by someone in a chat room, on a bulletin board, or in e-mail.
  • Be nice. No flaming, spamming, or bullying allowed.
  • No pictures. Limit or prohibit the posting of photos on a personal Web page or online community.
  • No talking to strangers. Don’t open e-mail from someone unknown.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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