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Keeping Children Safe on MySpace

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Some tips for keeping children safe online:

WATCH:

-- Keep the computer in a family room so parents can monitor what happens online.

-- Be alert if children receive gifts or letters in the mail or unusual phone calls.

-- Keep kids out of chat rooms or monitor their chats. Know whom1/8 they talk to.

-- See what Web sites children create online. Review what information and pictures are being released. MySpace discourages posting any personally identifiable information.

-- Take a peek at the computer screen occasionally.

-- Review what files are on the computer. If computers are too confusing, ask a friend, relative or co-worker to help.

TALK:

-- Let children know not to give out personal information such as phone numbers or addresses.

-- Explain that people may not be who they claim to be. Some adults pretend to be kids.

-- Encourage children to discuss their favorite Web sites and talk about what happens on the Internet, including people they meet.

LIMIT:

-- Children should not spend too much time on the Internet, especially late at night.

-- Set time limits on surfing and restrict most computer use for specific purposes, such as school work.

-- Consider installing software that monitors Internet surfing.

Sources: WiredKids.org, MySpace.com, FBI

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