Internet Safety

Dear Parents,

The internet has become an exciting way for students and adults to expand their tools for finding information,strengthening their knowledge, and networking with friends.  With this excitement comes some reservations and warnings.  The following list has things to think about when allowing your children to use the computer to browse the internet.

1.  The computer that has internet access should be set up in the family room or other room that is used by everyone.  This allows you to gently monitor your child’s internet browsing.

2.  Children under the age of 14 should not have a Myspace, Facebook or any social networking sites of that kind.

3.  Set up your computer so that each member of the household has their own user account.  Make sure you have your children’s passwords to their user account.

4.  Contact your internet provider and inquire about what services they offer regarding Internet Safety for students.  For example, there are programs that can set time limits, content control, site restriction etc.

5. Consider purchasing programs that monitor sites that maybe considered dangerous.  A few examples are:  Cyber Patrol, Safe Eyes, and Net Nanny.

6.  Lastly talk with your child and discuss what they like to do on the internet and what is considered safe.  Remind them that talking to strangers is not allowed, even on the computer.  If you are not comfortable with how to navigate the computer have your child show you what they know and learn together.

        7.  If you would like investigate if your child’s activity on the Web includes pages like MySpace, you can set-up something called Google Alert. Google can find your child’s name, email, or username if they have published it online.

Children's Internet Protection Act
Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools 
 Network Acceptable Use Policy For Students