This year add a new tradition to your usual end school year routine, along with graduation parties, summer camp registration and vacation preparations. Before this summer begins, talk to your children about staying safe online. A safety conversation is probably the last thing your kids want to have before they are set free for the lazy days summer, but it's important and it won't take long. Pick a day and put it on the calendar so you both stay committed. As a matter of fact, make it a complete safety briefing covering all their summer activities.
· Do not believe everything you read on the Internet.
· Children cannot meet people they meet online without a parent.
· Do not share passwords with anyone, including friends.
· Do not share any personal information such as address and phone number with strangers.
In addition to reviewing these tips with your kids, there are a few things you as a parent might want to consider in order help your child have a more safe and sound summer. These are suggestions and not necessarily appropriate for every age so use your judgment as aparent to determine which of these will be a good fit for your child and how they use the computer.
2. Set up a list of approved sites and limit your child's access to only those sites.
3. Set up a list of approved online friends that limit who your child can communicate with online.
4. Setup an activity report. This feature can log your child's online activities including sites they visited and people they communicated with. You can review these reports at anytime and discuss any concerns you have with your child.
Look for Parental Controls that offers all the features that are most important to you. AOL's Parental Controls happen to offer all of these features (online timer, activity report, web controls, and email and IM controls) plus a lot more as part of their free package. Having open communication about safety with your kids and putting in place the tools that can protect them is the best combination to ensuring a happy and healthy summer for the whole family.