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Safety Tips for Parents.

How to protect your children...

  • Learn how to use the computer and access the Internet.

  • Find out about your children's online habits.

  • Talk to your children about the possible dangers online.

  • Keep the home computer in a high-traffic area of the house.

  • Install filtering software, or use an Internet provider that includes filters in its service.

  • Regularly check your children's e-mail messages.

  • Regularly check your children's Favorite Places and Browser History (which lists sites recently visited).

  • Talk to the parents of your children's friends about Internet control.

  • Learn how your children use the Internet at school and what safeguards are in place in  the classroom, the library, and the computer lab.

What to tell your children...

  • Never arrange a meeting with someone you have "met" online.

  • Never give out personal information on the Internet or in a user profile.

  • Never download pictures sent from an unknown person or source.

  • Never upload pictures of yourself to an unknown person or site.

  • Remember that people you "meet" online may not be who they claim to be.

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If you have any information about a missing child, call 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).



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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U. S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, state and local law enforcement, and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces serves as the national Cyber Tipline and as the national Child Pornography Tipline 1-800-843-5678.

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