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    Internet Safety
     
    The Interent can provide a vast array of valuable information that can be very useful for educational purposes and positive personal social networking; however, the Internet is being used by many to bring harm to our children. Because of this, parents, students, and educators have to do more to educate ourselves and each other. The only way to use the Internet in a safe and productive way is to work together. This section will provide parents, students, and educators with valuable informaiton from reputable agencies and authors that will inform and empower us with knowledge we need to keep our youth safe when using a computer and the Internet.
     
    Social networking sites were developed with the intent to give people an avenue to communicate with each other across the world. What started out as a good way for friends and family to keep in touch has developed, for some, into a way to cause harm to others. Our youth need to understand that current research shows that colleges and businesses go to these sites to gather information about applicants. Students, athletes, and young adults starting a new career lose their scholarships and job opportunities because of postings and/or photos referencing alcohol, drug, sexual connotations, or any other inappropriate conduct which violate codes of conduct in many colleges and codes of ethics in many businesses.
     
    Below are a few quick tips to keep your family safe while using the computer and the Internet. Please continue to go through the links provided to you on this site and visit regularly for more information.
    • Place your computer in a central location in your home so you can monitor computer activity.
    • Establish rules and agreements for using the computer and Internet. Monitor the time children spend on the computer.
    • Learn about the computer and the Internet and beome computer savvy.
    • Teach youth not to communicate any personal information about themselves (i.e. name, address, phone number, age, school, etc.)
    • Teach young people to turn the monitor off and get an adult if something should come up on the screen that is not appropriate.
    • Communicate with your child via e-mail or instant messaging. This will give you an opportunity to learn about technology. It will also help you to be able to talk to your child when needed.
    • Develop a good understanding of security issues.