There is an internet safety law called Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that was created to help protect children on the internet. It was made to keep children’s personal information from being obtained by strangers, or anyone for that matter and requiring the parents agreement first. This also makes sites only require the necessary information needed to play a game or participate in a contest rather than having the child type in too much personal information that really has no significance.
Parents are also able to limit the amount of time a child can spend on the computer. It is best to have the computer time monitored to make sure kids are doing what they are supposed to be doing in the home and in school and being sure that they are not accessing sites that are inappropriate or harmful.
Many schools do not allow children to access social networks or music downloading sites so that kids do not get into trouble or so that they don’t have to be monitored about what they post.
Some basic things to keep in mind and remind a child are to never share their name, school, age, address, or phone number. It is important not to open emails from anybody that the child does not know and to not share their password with anyone else besides their parents. Be sure to remind children that they should always tell a trusted adult about a mean or creepy situation and to not send pictures to strangers to look at pictures received from strangers.