Tips to Keep Your Children and Teens Safer When Using Social Networking Sites Discuss the dangers and future repercussions with your child. Enter into a safe-computing contract with your child about his or her use of these sites and computer use in general. Enable computer Internet filtering features if they are available from your Internet service. Install monitoring software or keystroke capture devices on your family computer that will help monitor your child's Internet activity.* Know each of your child's passwords, screennames, and all account information.
West Windsor Police Put the computer in a family area of the household and do not permit private usage. Monitor what your child's friends are posting regarding your child's identity. Often children and their friends have accounts linked to one another, so it's not just your child's profile and information you need to worry about. Know what other access your child has to computers and devices like cell phones and PDAs. Remember that every day is Halloween on the Internet. People on the Internet are not always who they appear to be.
West Windsor Police Talk To Your Child Who ? –A parent is the best person What? –Personal Safety Skills Smart Thinking Strong Character Sticking Together When? –NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
West Windsor Police How? –LISTEN Know Daily Activities What do they like and dislike Encourage open communication Let them know that safety is your #1 Concern –TEACH Set boundaries (People, places and things) Buddy System Its OK to say No www.Positiveparenting.tv (Tom Palermo)www.Positiveparenting.tv –GET INVOLVED Know where your children are at ALL times Check in when plans change ATTENTION & SUPERVISION
West Windsor Police PRACTICE –Safety Skills need to become second nature Home –Contact Information For You Neighborhood –Visual Boundaries –Interact With Neighbors –Dont drop them off at Malls, Theaters, Parks –Adults should never approach them School –Clothing Tags –Safe Route to School
West Windsor Police Tracking down your child By Clare Murphy BBC News Online The careless motorist, the paedophile and the drug pusher are the spectres which haunt modern day parents. It gave me peace of mind and made me feel closer to him. It made me feel more involved with what he was doing Linda Toledo Mother In North America, technology has successfully been harnessed to enable anxious parents to follow the moves of their offspring, using satellite positioning systems which children can carry within watches or backpacks. "Peace of mind" is the marketing cry of the manufacturers. Now Finland, the home of the mobile phone, is considering legislation that would allow parents to track the moves of their children on an internet page at home, using a system which locates their child's phone.