As educators and parents we want to create a safe and fun environment for our children online. The internet is an incredibly useful educational tool that opens a world of possibilities. However, there are many risks involved when our children are online. The Internet contains sites that are designed specifically for adults, which may expose children to inappropriate material while not imposing limitations on accessibility. The Toms River Regional School District's Technology Department utilizes a filtering software program on its networks to restrict inappropriate websites.
The following are some suggestions to help regulate your child's access on the Internet at home and minimize any potential risks.
Educate Yourself: Learn about the Internet if you are not familiar with it. Visit your local library, community center, school or newspaper for more information.
- Be involved in your child's online experience. Be open with your children and educate them on the dangers of the Internet. Let them know they can talk to you no matter what. Spend time with your children on the computer and let them talk to you about their favorite sites. Get to know their "online friends". Know your child's usernames and passwords.