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, from being sent from your computer. This is an
excellent way to protect children from potential online predators.
Many programs allow you to create different levels of
security and filtering based on the different ages of the computer's users.
Children can be given high security and heavy content filtering, but when you
log on to the machine, you can set it to not filter any content at all.
One thing to remember is that by installing filtering
software on your computer, you might also restrict childrens' access to
legitimate sites. This is especially true if you rely on key words (such as
"sex") for blocking. Certain key words appear on legitimate news and information
sites, so it's best to experiment with different settings when configuring the
Installing filtering software is no guarantee that children
won't be exposed to some inappropriate material online. New websites pop up
everyday, so it's important to keep your software up to date. Also, learn how
your Internet browser software works so that you can check the sites your family
has visited (this is the "History" feature, which displays a list of websites
visited by the web browser).
Talking to your children about the possible dangers that
exist on the Internet, and supervising their web surfing are still the best ways
to protect them.
Some key general Internet-related safety points for your
Tell them to never give out personal information about themselves or the
family to strangers they might meet online or in a chat room.
Remind them that online it's easy for people to pretend to be someone else.
They can easily change their name, age and gender in an effort to get close
Teach them that they should never meet a new online friend without an adult
Tell them to never give out their picture to a stranger, and that if they
ever get a picture with sexual content, or something they find disturbing,
that they should get off the computer immediately and tell you about it.
Let them know that if they encounter something or someone dangerous that
they can tell you about it, and that you won't blame them or get mad.