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Cyberproofing Your Child

cp30.jpgTen Tips to On-line Safety

  1. Position the computer in your main living space and make sure the monitor faces OUTWARD into the room so there is no secrecy. This is the single MOST valuable thing you can do for your child's health and safety online.
  2. Work as a team to set your boundaries. Discuss with your child exactly what is OK and what is not OK regarding what kind of Web sites that are appropriate for them to visit. Set logical consequences for when your child disregards your rules (like grounded from the Internet for 1week), but do NOT threaten to ban the Internet forever.
  3. Stress to your child that they need to tell you if they get any weird or upsetting messages while chatting, and that you will not be angry with them nor will you ban the Internet as a result. Make it clear to the child that you understand that the child cannot control what other people say to him or her and that they are not to blame if this happens.
  4. Set strict time limits for Internet chat use and enforce them. Internet addiction is a real thing!
  5. Make it clear to your child that people in chat rooms are ALWAYS strangers, no matter how often they chat to them, and no matter how well they think they know them, and that while they may be good or bad people, they are still strangers. Your child should therefore not always believe everything people say in chat rooms.
  6. Make sure your child understands that they are never to tell a person online their real name, their school, their phone number or where they live.
  7. Do not permit your child to be left alone in cyberspace for long periods of time - this is when they are most vulnerable. Make sure that their chat time occurs when YOU are around in the house so that you can check in on them regularly.
  8. Be sure to stress to your child that they are to behave politely and respectfully at all times while chatting online with strangers or sending email to friends.
  9. Don't panic! No one can harm your child through the Internet as long as your child follows your rules.
  10. Take an active interest in your child's activity online. Do NOT use the Internet as a babysitter! Learn to surf the Web and chat online yourself so you understand what it is that your child is doing. If you don't know how to chat online, ask your child to teach you!

What Are Warning Signs That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line?


  • cp29.jpgYour child becomes withdrawn from the family. Computer-sex offenders will work very hard at driving a wedge between a child and their family or at exploiting their relationship. They will accentuate any minor problems at home that the child might have. Children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization.
  • Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else. Even if you don't subscribe to an on-line service or Internet service, your child may meet an offender while on-line at a friend's house or the library. Most computers come preloaded with on-line and/or Internet software.
  • Computer-sex offenders will sometimes provide potential victims with a computer account for communications with them.
  • Children on-line are at the greatest risk during the evening hours. While offenders are on-line around the clock, most work during the day and spend their evenings on-line trying to locate and lure children or seeking pornography.

Resources

Kids in the know

Cybertip.ca

Child Safety on the Information Highway

www.safeteens.com

www.media-awareness.ca

Cyberproofing pamphlet

Parenting online

Internet 101

What do online abbreviations mean?  

Kids guard your net