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It's a good idea to have the computer your child uses out in the open. That way you can keep an eye on what he or she is doing. It's amazing how advanced children are in the technical aspects of the computer and the Internet.

Teach your children:

Use a nickname and never give your real name to a stranger on the Internet

Never reveal personal information such as your age, address, phone number or the name of your school. And never tell anyone your passwords to websites or your email addresses

Do not send digital pictures of yourself over the Internet

Check with an adult before downloading anything from the Internet. Files or programs downloaded may contain viruses that could damage your computer

Always be polite on the Internet Never use bad words and never spread rumours or lies. If someone sends you a rude message, tell a parent or teacher

Never accept gifts. Do not buy any toys, games, books or anything else without your parents' permission

Be sure to tell a parent or a teacher if someone wants to send you a photo

Never agree to call or meet someone that you have met over the Internet. If someone asks you to meet them in person, say NO and tell a parent or teacher right away. The person you are chatting with may be lying or be pretending to be a child

Tell an adult immediately if you see something on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.

You never know what you might find on the Internet; when in doubt, go to an adult for advice.

8 to 10 Years Old - Safety Tips

1. Never give out any personal information, such as your address, phone number, password or photograph, without your parents' permission.

2. Talk to your parents if you ever feel uncomfortable with what you see on the Internet or if anyone is bothering you online.

3. Be polite and respectful of others online. Don't use bad language, even as a joke (others may not know you're kidding).

4. Get your parents' permission before filling out forms for any contests, free stuff or online services. It's like giving your information to strangers on the street and you never know who will see it.

5. Tell your parents about the people you meet online, just like you tell them about the friends you make at school. Your parents can help you deal with problems you may run into.

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for now and for the future. Be Smart, Be Safe

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