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
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.
- Know what
your kids are doing online. Supervise your children's computer
activities, just as you do their television time.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Never allow
your children to meet "face-to-face" someone they've
online time as you would television viewing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
your children not to copy online information and claim it's their
own or copy software unless it is clearly labeled as free.
- 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.
- 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.