Exposure to inappropriate materials and harassment are only a few of the safety issues parents must be aware of today when they have children who are using the Internet. Child safety on the Internet has become an ever-increasing problem facing parents, students, teachers and law enforcement. We as adults have a responsibility to provide our children with access to various types of learning experiences through hands-on experiences. Using the Internet has and/or will continue to become a very vital part of our children’s day to day lives. In providing access to resource, we must also provide guidance and guidelines for the various hazards that can be encountered when using this medium.
The Internet is known to be an untamed frontier. The rules and etiquette are evolving from those who use it. You can find unparalleled richness in human expression and the opportunity to obtain information from all sources which at one time was only available to a few. The quality of information and the behavior of individuals on the Internet vary. As members of this vast new electronic community, you and your family must ask yourselves how you will contribute to make it a safer environment for all users.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers a free brochure to parents entitled "Child Safety on the Information Highway". NCMEC offers electronic versions of this brochure and other helpful information for parents.
The Moultonborough Police Department also encourages parents to use filtering software to screen out adult sites on the Web.
If your child has an unsettling experience while surfing the 'Net", please contact the police department immediately. Also, if you have a question concerning Internet safety or are concerned about what sites your child may be visiting on the net, please contact the police department. We have personnel trained in computer forensics that can provide you with information and answers regarding any concern you may have.
- Internet Safety Pledge - Read the Internet Safety Pledge with your child and post by your computer.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
Safety on the Internet
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Large resource for Internet safety plus many online publications for parents.
- The Parents' Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules and Tools for Families Online - This site is good for parents who are just beginning to use the Internet. Information on what it is, vocabulary, how it works and age appropriate guidelines for children.
- The Polly Klaas Foundation - Site devoted to child safety issues
Publications & Brochures
- US Department of Education - provides information on various offices, programs, services and publications available.
- National Parent Information Network - provides publications and brochures for parents on a variety of topics.
- Parenting - provides links to numerous sites for parents on topics from health to education.
- Prevention Yellow Pages - an excellent directory of programs, research, references for the prevention of youth problems.
- KidsHealth - website devoted to the health of children and teens.