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Written by attorney Sanford Horowitz | Oct 20, 2016

Internet Tips For Parents

What can you do as parents to help protect your child online?

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15. Be aware of other computers or “smart-phones” your children could be using. Your children probably use computers at the library, school, and friends’ houses – maybe even cyber-cafés. Be aware that “smart-phones” are just like computers – they access the Internet, send e-mails, post messages to Facebook, blogs, chat-rooms, and more – just like any other computer. Talk to your children about their “smart-phones” and other computers they use. 16. Be aware of your child using another person’s screen name. Watch for your child using an online account belonging to someone else in order to bypass filters or monitors on your computer. Computer sex offenders may provide potential victims with a computer account for communication with them. 17. Develop a “contract” with your children about their Internet use. You may want to develop an agreement or “contract” with your children about their use of the Internet. A pledge from your children to follow certain rules on the Internet may develop trust. 18. Review the use histories or logs of your computer to see where your children have been. Sometimes, you can trace where your child has been on the Internet by checking different areas of your computer. By clicking on Windows Explorer and checking such files as Cookies, Temp History, Internet History or Cache files, you can see what your children have been doing online. You can also check the recycle bin or deleted files to see what’s been erased. If you suspect your child is deleting material, some programs will “undelete” files. Remember that some things are not stored unless a person saves or prints it, e.g., instant messages and chat conversations.

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