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My Rules for Online Safety Globe and computer mouse

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.

I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

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.

I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.

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 online service.

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.

Discuss these rules with your parents and post them near your computer as a reminder.

Rules for Online Safety were reproduced from the Child Safety on the Information Highway brochure, written by Lawrence J. Magid, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Additional Sites:

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Get Net Wise

Kid Safety on the Internet

NetSmartz Kids