Safety (on the) 'Net

From Webkinz to e-mail and homework that requires Internet research, kids today live in a wired world. Teach them how to use the Web wisely.

Cyber Risk: Being Exposed to Inappropriate Content

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Alexandra Grablewski

What You Can Do: Take full advantage of safe-search filters that screen out explicit content on the search engines you use. Another option is to use kid-friendly searches such as Yahoo! Kids and www.KidsClick.org or kid-friendly browsers like KidRocket.org or SurfKnight.com. You can also set up a favorites list together to cut down on the number of searches she needs to do. But remember, no parental controls are a substitute for your supervision and her education. Discuss the idea that there are things online that are inappropriate for kids and tell your child if she ever comes across something that seems weird or makes her uncomfortable, she should click the site closed and inform the nearest adult.

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