Internet Tips for Parents
The list below, while not comprehensive, offers some ideas for helping your child use the Internet in the safest and most effective ways. Please contact HPS's Director of Technology if you have any questions about this topic.
- Keep the computer in a common area in your home, where you can be aware of what your child is doing with it. If you have placed a computer in your child's room, make sure that whenever he/she uses it, the door is left open.
- Take time to go online with your child so he/she can develop healthy online behavior. Be sure your child knows not to provide any personally identifying information online (last name, address, phone, photos of him/herself).
- Have fun together online! Find games, stories and interactive sites you can enjoy together.
- Make your child's favorite sites easy to find by bookmarking/favoriting or creating shortcuts to them.
- Send an email to your child's teacher and find out what sites would be helpful to reinforce content and skills being studied.
- Use your Internet provider's tools to block age-inappropriate and obscene sites.
- If your child should ever receive inappropriate or threatening messages, teach him or her to copy of print them and/or immediately tell you. Once documented, your Internet service provider should be contacted and advised.
- If you decide to allow your child to have an email account, make sure you have the password and monitor it frequently. Help your child understand that as in school, there is no expectation of privacy for Internet and email use at home.