How to teach your child to use the Internet.

These guidelines were taken from the SaferNet Brasil website, an NGO which monitor human rights abuses on the Internet. HackerTeen reproduces these guidelines through a partnership agreement.

Parents' Guide

In view of the fact that most parents are not completely familiar with new technology tools and that children and teenagers quickly learn how to use the Internet, we would like to remind parents of the importance of participating in their child's or teenager's interaction with the virtual world. We also recommend some of the rules taken from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers: CAIP.

  1. In view of the fact that most parents are not completely familiar with new technology tools and that children and teenagers quickly learn how to use the Internet, we would like to remind parents of the importance of participating in their child's or teenager's interaction with the virtual world. We also recommend some of the rules taken from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers
  2. Surf the Internet for a while with your children. Teach your children about the online world in the same manner you taught them about the real world. Learn more about the services used by your children and observe their internet activities. In case they find any offensive material, explain why it is offensive and what you will do about it.
  3. Report any suspicious activity. Encourage your children to tell you about any suspicious activity or offensive material they may receive. If you suspect that someone online is doing something illegal, report them to the police or at www.denunciar.org.br
  4. Lay down reasonable rules for your children and decide whether you will use blocking programs. Discuss with your children the rules for Internet use, place the rules next to the computer and make sure your children follow them. Your children should have reasonable limits on time spent online. In case you decide to use Internet blockers or filters, find one that matches the rules you have laid down (Suggestions: CyberPatrol e o NetNanny).
  5. Check your phone and credit card bills: The credit card number is needed to access adult sites on the Internet and a modem may be used to dial numbers other than the one for the Internet provider.
  6. Do not allow your children to give personal information over the Internet: This is the Internet version of "never talk to strangers." Instruct your children never to give out personal information such as name, address, telephone number, school name and email address in public areas (chat rooms, relationship sites, etc.) The use of nicknames is a common practice on the Internet and a way to protect personal information.
  7. Get to know your children's virtual friends: It is possible to make long-lasting and beneficial friendships over the Internet. However, there are many people with bad intentions who will try to take advantage of your child. Make sure your child does not set up meetings with virtual friends without your permission. If you do give permission, set the meeting in a public place and accompany your child.
  8. Learn more about the Internet: Spend some time to learn more about it. Ask your children to teach you what they know about the Internet. Surf the Internet once in a while. We recommend the following sites: safekids and safeteens.
The 10 Commandments for Young Internet Surfers

Internet surfing is fun, but beware of its dangers!

  1. Be careful, you don't know what or who is on the other end of the computer connection.
  2. Don't reveal your name or age.
  3. Never give out your password.
  4. Be on guard whenever you are in a chat room!
  5. Never give out your address.
  6. Never send someone your photo.
  7. Never accept to meet someone without telling your parents.
  8. Don't believe everything you receive through the Internet.
  9. Don't reply to offensive emails.
  10. If a photo disturbs you, leave the site and tell your parents.

Loosely translated from the French website: Association Action Innocence

Model Agencies for Children

The work of child modeling agencies includes recruiting children and teenagers for photo sessions.
Parents should, of course, monitor all of their children's activities. They must check contracts, the agency's reputation, the use and contents of the photos. If questions arise, parents should contact their local Juvenile Court authorities in order to prevent potential abuse.
Despite the fact that many child modeling agencies work to protect the physical and moral integrity of children and teenagers, it is a good idea to be careful and check up on them. It is not unusual for many photos to end up posted on child pornography websites.

“Virtual Dialogue” 1.0 Primer

The “Virtual Dialogue” primer was created by HackerTeen students and the SaferNet Brasil team as a guide for young people to use the Internet in a correct and safe manner.

This primer is constantly being updated and you can contribute with your tips and suggestions! See how you can help us by reading the primer or by clicking on "How to Collaborate" at the SaferNet site or send us an email.

You can also use it freely by complying with terms of the Creative Commons License specified in the primer.

The primer is already available to download (in portuguese, PDF – soon in english!).

 

 

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