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What are some general guidelines parents can teach children about Internet safety?

  • Don't give out personal information (name, address, age, school, birthday, phone number, etc.)
  • Choose a screen name that doesn’t identify any personal information. Examples of bad screen names: saragirl15, tommyboy, girl-in-denver, babygirl12.
  • Don’t share your password with anyone except your parents — not even your best friend.
  • Do not respond to unwanted, mean, offensive or threatening e-mail, chat room dialogue or instant messages.
  • Don’t send pictures of yourself to someone you don’t know.
  • NEVER agree to meet someone you met on the Internet.
  • Remember, people online may or may NOT be who they say they are.
  • Promise to tell an adult if you ever feel uncomfortable while online.




Jodie Lawton, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis




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