Teach your child to never give personal information over the internet, such as his/her name, address, telephone number, password, parents' names, any club, team or organization they are part of, or school name.
Keep your child's computer in an open area of your home and find out what other computers and devices children may be using outside of your home.
Establish rules about the computer in your home and an agreement with your children about Internet use at home and outside of the home.
Talk to your children about the dangers of chat rooms. If you do allow your children to chat on Instant Messaging programs, know who is on their buddy list.
Implement filtering tools and secure the family computer by regularly updating the operating system, and installing a firewall. Make sure to keep up-to-date virus and anti-spyware software on your computer as well.
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