For our families, a commonly understood user agreement is critical as we embrace the vast world wide web. As a parent, it is my personal obligation to ensure that, wherever they are, my children have a desire to be safe when online. In a partnership with our educators, we can ensure that the conversation is ongoing.
Here is a copy of a Family Contract for Online Safety from www.safekids.com. Check it out here:
Family Contract for Online Safety
|1.||I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.|
|2.||I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.|
|3.||I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.|
|4.||I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.|
|5.||I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.|
I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
|7.||I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.|
|8.||I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family’s privacy.|
|9.||I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.|
|10.||I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.|
I agree to the above
Child sign here
I will help my child follow this agreement and will allow reasonable use of the Internet as long as these rules and other family rules are followed.
Parent(s) sign here
Items one through six are adapted from the brochure <A href=”http://www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm” data-mce-href=”http://www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm”>Child Safety on the Information Highway</A> by Lawrence J. Magid. Copyright 1994 and 1998 by the <A href=”http://www.missingkids.com/” data-mce-href=”http://www.missingkids.com/”>National Center for Missing and Exploited Children</A>. Printed copies are available free by calling 800 843-5678. (© 1997, 2005 Larry Magid)
Additional Resources for PARENTS
Here are some links to excellent resources for parents on media literacy, many of which will be referred to in class and in our upcoming newsletters:
Media Awareness Network for parents:
PBS – children and media
Child & Family Web guide (good article on preschoolers and technology!)