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RULES FOR ONLINE SAFETY

•    Always ask your parents' permission before using your full name, address, telephone number, date of birth, school name, or parents' work address anywhere on the Internet.

•    Always tell your parents or other adult you trust if you see something online that is scary or that you don't understand.

•    Never agree to get together with someone you "met" online without your parents' permission and without an adult along.

•    Never send a picture, credit card number or password over the Internet.

•    Don't respond to any message that is mean-spirited or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable.  It isn't your fault if you get a message like that.  If you do, be sure to tell your parents so they can contact the service provider.

•    Talk to your parents about the time of day you can be online, the length of time you can be online, and the appropriate areas you can visit.  Do not break these rules or access other areas without their permission.

•    Be a smart consumer in cyberspace.  Not everything you see or hear may be true.

•    Be a good citizen online.  Do not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.


These rules are adapted from the brochure  "Child Safety on the Information Highway" and are available free by calling  800-843-5678.