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RI State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Form Resources for Parents

Here are some places to learn more about cyber bullying.

For Children
The National Crime Prevention Council (McGruff.org)
A good overview of important rules for children's Internet safety that you and your child can discuss together. It also has a game entitled Shrink the Bully which is a helpful teaching tool.

For Parents
Committee for Children
Committee for Children has a number of articles about cyber bullying and media safety.

NetSmart
NetSmart is a project of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences, such as parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children.

 
  12 Basic Cyber Smart Tips for Parents and Guardians

1. Learn all you can about the internet.  For younger children, find and mark sites for them to visit, perhaps with you.  These can include fun activity sites, library reference sites, and search engines for school projects.  For older children, it's wise to become familiar with today's most popular social networking sites and terms.

2.  Talk to your kids about the internet and the importance of being safe while being online.  Assure your children that whatever rules you set are for their safety.

3.  Put the computer in an open area of your home such as the living room or kitchen.   This way it will make it easier to monitor activity than if the computer is in your child's bedroom.

4.  Become familiar with parental control programs. These are computer software programs that filter or block out content that is inappropriate for your children.  Some track what sites your children visit.

5.  Monitor your children's internet use.  Maintain access to their email accounts, chat room activities, and any social networks they are on.  If children get uneasy when you enter the room while they are on the computer, this might indicate they are visiting an off-limits site or engaging in some questionable online activity.

6. Have your children show you their favorite online sites and get to know your children's online friends, reminding them to avoid befriending people they don't know or trust.

7. If one of your children informs you of an inappropriate site, report it to your internet service provider or the company that created the material.

8.  Set up and/or learn all your child's passwords and screen/user names.  Make sure screen names don't reveal information about your children's real names, addresses, schools or age.

9. Spend time online together until you are assured your children understand the internet's potential dangers and how to handle difficult situations.

10.  Make sure that internet access at your children's school is monitored by adults.  If you children have internet access at friends' homes, ask the parents what rules they have in place.  Find out if the children are monitored online.

11.  Enforce screen time rules.  Have your children read and sign a cyber safety pledge. (Please print the pledge listed on this site.) Also, limit the time your children spend in front of the computer for non-academic purposes.

12.  Do not allow your child to sign on to social networking sites or play video games unless they meet the actual age requirement.  Allowing a child to register on Facebook as a 13-year old if he/she is really  9 tells them it is ok to falsify your age.

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