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5.) Do not give out or post identifying information, including address or telephone numbers.
6.) You may want to create a nickname for a screen name in chat rooms.
7.) Keep in mind when posting in chat rooms or newsgroups, that there may be lurkers (people who read but do not post). Your information can be read and seen by all.
8.) Keep an open dialogue with children surfing Internet, remember if they come to you with a problem, your first reaction should not be to take away Internet. Applaud child's confidence in confiding in you and work together to find a solution.
9.) Overall it is not a good idea to post or exchange pictures over Internet
10.) Try to keep in mind Internet is global and is *not* governed by any entity. This means that there are no limitations or checks on information posted and accessible to Internet users.
Additional Resources: The following resources will assist in staying safe online.
Collection of Internet Access and Filtering Software - http://www.monitoring-software.net/access-monitoring.htm Contract for Safe Surfing - http://www.911paging.com/internetsafety/internetcontract.htm
About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc. http://www.notepage.net a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com . Additional articles can be found at http://www.small-business-software.net/free-website-content.htm