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Guidelines For Parents

The best way to make sure your child has a positive experience while using the Internet is to be aware of the types of information available on it and to stay in touch with what your child is doing. It is important that you, as a parent, assume responsibility for your child’s computer use at home, at school, or at the public library. Setting your own rules for Internet use regarding time limits, language, and etiquette will help your child become a responsible Internet user.

Explore the wide range of online information that is available and talk with your child about topics you consider off-limits. Discuss general safety rules for Internet use with your child.

Your child should never give out personal identification information such as name, address, school, or telephone number and should never send pictures or anything else to someone without your permission. You should encourage your child to tell you if they come across any information that makes them uncomfortable. Stress to your child that he or she should never agree to meet anyone they "meet" online without you being present. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides an excellent brochure called "Child Safety on the Information Highway," written by Lawrence J. Magid. It is available electronically on the ICPL Home Page or you may ask for a print copy from library staff.

If you or your child observe transmission of child pornography or online sexual solicitation of children, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

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The text in this section was adapted with permission from the Boston Public Library.