Topics to discuss while creating your family pledge
Sample Family Pledge to Online
- Time online: Discuss how much time they are allowed to
spend online, and whether their computer use is dependent on conditions
such as finishing their homework, doing chores, etc.
- Location/Supervision: Decide whether there are restrictions
or guidelines on the physical location where the kids can go online. Can
they go online at school? In the library? At a friend's house? Are they
allowed to be online when no adult is around?
- Personal information: Kids should never give out personal
information, such as their full name, address, phone number, school, or
picture, to anyone they meet online.
- Web sites: Talk about which kinds of web sites are okay, and
which ones are off-limits. Are they limited to sites related to their
schoolwork? Sites that are designed especially for kids? Our Yahoo! US sister site provides a search directory just for children called Yahooligans! if you would like to limit your child to search sites just for children.
- Meeting online friends: Kids should never arrange to meet an
online friend in person without an adult present.
- Chat rooms: Explore a few chat rooms together while
discussing your guidelines. What is your comfort level with this method
of communication? Are your children allowed to send personal messages to
people they've only met online? Check out the "Chat"
category on Yahooligans! for an up-to-date listing of links to
moderated chats designed for kids.
- Inappropriate material: Kids should never respond online when
they feel uncomfortable or scared by something they've seen or read. If
they have any doubts, they should find an adult immediately and show
them the inappropriate material.
- The Golden Rule: Remind your kids to behave towards other
kids as they would like people to behave towards them. Something that
could hurt another child's feelings on the playground will still hurt
when received by email or in a public chat.