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Question
"Isn't there a lot of dirty and dangerous stuff on the Internet? How do I know my child won't be led astray?"
Dr (Mrs) Pramila Vaz, MBBS,
Parent of Alby, Standard X,
New Delhi
 
Answer

Yes, there is a lot of foul stuff on the Internet, and you are right in worrying about it.
But you must understand that the Internet is not the root of all evil; it merely adds a new dimension to an existing problem. In fact, only about one-half of 1 percent of all Internet communications is pornographic.
As parents, we must act as our children's guardians and guidelines need to be established for online activities.
You will be happy to know that compassbox.com is a rated website. You can rest assured that it is totally safe for children, and contains absolutely no nudity, sex, violence or foul language. The RASCi logo at the bottom of our home page confirms this.
In any case, it is essential that you understand and follow some guidelines for your child's safety on the net, especially when he or she is outside compassbox.com's safe pages.

Some Guidelines for Children's Online Usage:
These guidelines are common sense rules, incorporating existing teachings about strangers, telephone etiquette, and television viewing.

  1. Know what your kids are doing online. Supervise your children's computer activities, just as you do their television time.
  2. Never give out personal information online, such as a home phone number, address, last name, name of school, passwords, or credit card info. Your kids would not give their address to a stranger on the phone, nor should they divulge it online.
  3. Be cautious of online chat rooms. Allow them only with your supervision. Messages typed in are viewed by everyone in the chat room. The problem is, on the Internet, no one knows you're a child or an adult masquerading as a child.
  4. Teach your children to come to you if anything ever makes them feel uncomfortable, such as inappropriate questions or an invitation to a private chat room. Do not respond to offensive email.
  5. Never allow your children to meet "face-to-face" someone they've 'met' online.
  6. Limit online time as you would television viewing.
  7. Use parental control software as appropriate. Parents routinely lock up household chemicals to protect their toddlers and the Internet can also be selectively locked. Today, there are several software products to keep kids out of adult Internet sites.
  8. Make online exploration a family activity. Put the computer in the living room or family room. This arrangement involves everyone and helps you monitor what your children are doing.
  9. Show your children how to use and evaluate information they find on the Internet. Not all online information is reliable. Some individuals and organizations are very careful about the accuracy of the information they post, but others are not. Some even mislead on purpose.
  10. Remind your children not to copy online information and claim it's their own or copy software unless it is clearly labeled as free.
  11. Help children understand the nature of commercial information, advertising, and marketing, including who created it and why it exists. Encourage them to think about why something is provided and appears in a specific way. Steer your children to noncommercial sites and other places that don't sell products specifically to children. It is important to be aware of the potential risks involved in going online, but it is also important to keep them in perspective. Common sense and clear guidelines are the place to start.
  12. The very best tools for searching the Web with children are ASKJEEVES FOR KIDS and YAHOOLIGANS. Become familiar with these superb search sites and what they have to offer, and teach children to use them ALL THE TIME!

Note: You can set filters in Internet Explorer using Content Advisor to control access. You can use it to prevent your children from seeing Web sites that contain violent or sexual content.
After you turn on Content Advisor, only rated content that meets or exceeds your criteria can be displayed. Please check the Help pages in Internet Explorer for further details and settings.

 
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