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Admitting you don't get it is the first step to protecting you and your kids.  We have assembled information and helpful links to help adults take control over the internet usage in their homes. 

It is becoming easier for predators to lure your kids on the net.  We hope to help adults educate themselves and learn steps they can take to protect themselves and their kids in an increasingly connected world.

"I don't get it," my sister reported from her desk at work, "None of us do.  We were all just talking about it this afternoon.  We know they're doing stuff on the computer but we're not sure what it is, and whether or not it's safe".

We were talking about the internet and our kids.  Our kids are way ahead of us and they know it.  It was one thing when they could program the VCR for us, figure out the remote, pick up almost any electronic gadget and make it sing without so much as a sidelong glance at the manual.  But now they're on the internet.  They get it and we don't.

We've all heard of parental controls, but we're unsure of what they do or how they work.  It sounds complicated.  It's not. 

A great place to start is Microsoft's own Security at Home page.  It has information on how to talk to your kids about internet safety, safety tips by age and a glossary of internet terms any adult should know.

Another kid's internet safety site is Child Safety on the Information Highway.  Put out by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this document outlines how parents can best protect their children while still allowing them use of the Internet.

Informing yourself is the first step to protecting yourself and your children on the world wide web.

Internet Safety Tips for Parents, Employers and Managers

Nowadays, staying safe online has become a never ending battle – for children as well as adults. Because cyber criminals are becoming smarter and more sophisticated in their operations, they are real threats to your personal security and privacy. Your money, your computer, your family, and your business are all at risk.

However, with a little common sense and some knowledge about what to do and not do, one can surf the 'net unscathed. Here is a great set of rules for kids while they are online. I found these rules at Parents, Employers, and Managers, you can take some notes from these rules, too:

1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.

2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.

4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.

5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.

6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.

8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family's privacy

9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

Although you may follow the rules religiously, you, your computer, and your family might still be at risk because cybercriminals leave you with three choices:

1. Do nothing and hope their attacks, risks, and threats don’t occur on your computer.

2. Do research and get training to protect yourself, your family, and your business.

3. Get professional help to lockdown your system from all their attacks, risks, and threats.

Remember: When you say "No!" to hackers and spyware, everyone wins! When you don't, we all lose!

Etienne A. Gibbs, Independent Internet Security Advocate, consults with individuals, small business owners, and home business entrepreneurs regarding online protection against spy ware, viruses, malware, hackers, and other cybercrimes and pc-disabling issues. For more information, visit

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Child Safety and Information Links

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 to give meaning to the death of twelve-year-old kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. Conceived with an initial investment of $2,000 the Foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children.

The National Association Against the Exploitation of Children (NAAEC) is a group of individuals working with Field Agents of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in hopes to eliminate internet sites containing any type of child abuse, including but not limited to: child pornography, images of abuse and/or neglect, intent to harm children.

Parents For Megan's Law, Inc. (PFML) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) national community and victim's rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, policy and legislative support services. Some examples of our activities include HELPLINE to assist communities in accessing information about registered sex offenders and to assist in effectively and responsibly managing Megan's Law notifications call toll free - (888) ASK-PFML

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