Tools for Families
Make an Internet Use Agreement with Your Child
Many families have found that hammering out online "rules of the road" together goes a long way toward helping kids have constructive experences on the Net. One approach is to have a family policy discussion, drafting and Intenet Use Agreement, Contract, or Policy as you go along. Some families print and post the contract by the computer, others elect to have both parents and kids sign the document. Below is a sample contract from the Children's Partnership.
Here are some other good examples.
- WiredPatrol - Internet Agreement - This link goes to the WiredPatrol suggestion for a child's pledge to safe Internet use.
- SafeKids.Com - Family Contracts for Online Safety - This page links to Larry Magid's suggestions for sample Internet use contracts, both for parents and for children, to ensure safe online experiences for all.
- Smart Parent.Com - Children's Pledge to Online Safety - Smart Parent.Com is a resource that works to help parents provide their children with a safe online experience. This link goes to their suggestion for a pledge for children to commit themselves to safe online experiences.
We suggest that you look at several and figure out which, if any, make sense for your family. We also encourage you to write your own!