Contracts with Kids discuss and set up rules for computer use.

Time Limiting limits time online.

Filtering & Blocking limits access to some sites, words, and/or images.

Block Outgoing Content prevents kids from revealing personal information online.

Browsers for Kids do not display inappropriate words or images.

Kid-Oriented Search Engines perform limited searches or screen search results.

Monitoring Tools alert adults to online activity without blocking access.

There are both pros and cons to keep in mind when using these types of tools.

Please Note: GetNetWise staff gathered this information from the companies that make these tools. We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of these products, nor do we endorse any products.

Other Information

How ISPs are Helping -- Many Internet and online service providers also offer safety solutions by selling or including these tools with their services and adopting "Acceptable Use Policies", or "Terms of Service Agreements".

Web Ratings Systems -- Many companies that produce Web sites voluntarily rate and label their sites, using a system knows as "PICS" (Platform for Internet Content Selection).

Internet Issues in the Community -- When children use the Internet in school or in a library, their experiences will be different than when they are at home. Libraries and schools may have different rules for Internet use than your family, because they must serve the needs of diverse children and families.

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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.

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!

Staying Safe Online:
A Young Person's Contract

1. I will ALWAYS tell a parent or another adult immediately, if something is confusing or seems scary or threatening.

2. I will NEVER give out my full name, real address, telephone number, school name or location, schedule, password, or other identifying information when I'm online. I will check with an adult for any exceptions.

3. I will NEVER have a face-to-face meeting with someone I've met online. In rare cases, my parents may decide it's OK, but if I do decide to meet a cyberpal, I will make sure we meet in a public place and that a parent or guardian is with me.

4. I will NEVER respond online to any messages that use bad words or words that are scary, threatening, or just feel weird. If I get that kind of message, I'll print it out and tell an adult immediately. The adult can then contact the online service or appropriate agency. If I'm uncomfortable in a live chat room, I will use the "ignore" button.

5. I will NEVER go into a new online area that is going to cost additional money without first asking permission from my parent or teacher.

6. I will NEVER send a picture over the Internet or via regular mail to anyone without my parent's permission.

7. I will NOT give out a credit card number online without a parent present.

Young Person_________________ Date______

Parent/Guardian_______________ Date______

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