Help your child use the Internet properly and effectively

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The Internet – a computer network that connects people and information around the world – has become an integral part of our learning and interaction with others. For children to succeed today, they should know how to use the Internet. Here are some suggestions to help your child to use the Internet properly and effectively:

Use the Internet together. Ask them to show you their favorite Website and why they love it so much. This will help them to have more confidence and pride in their skills. If you do not know much about computers, ask them to teach you and explain how they are doing it.

Help your child to localize appropriate Websites. Make sure your child understands what types of Websites you consider appropriate. Suggest sites that can help them with their homework or having to do with their interests.

Pay attention to electronic games or download it from the Internet. Some computer games are violent or sexual content inappropriate for children use. There are resources such as electronic GetNetWise address: www.getnetwise.org, an electronic Internet service that protects the public interest and Families connect: www.ala.org/ICONN/familiesconnect.html, a service of the Association American Library, which can help you to select good web sites and give you more information about using the Internet. You might consider using a “filter” to block access to inappropriate sites. These filters include programs that you can install on your computer. Many times these filters are not always effective and children can learn to avoid them. The most effective way is with your participation and supervision.

 • Check the amount of time your child spends online. The use of the Internet can be as addictive as television. Do not let it take over the life of your child. Put a clock next to the computer and keep track of how much time they spent.

Teach your child rules for the Internet use. Make sure you never do this:

- Never tell anyone not even your friends the password of your computer.

- Never share personal information online such as your name or your family members, your address, telephone number, age, school name, etc…

-Never arrange to meet with an unknown person, or talk into a ” chat room ” on the Internet.

Source : United States Department of Education , Office of Communications and Outreach .

Editing : Natalia Aybar

Web Support : Christian Castillo

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