Internet Safety

  1. Have only one dedicated credit card for internet purchases. Restrict the credit limit / line.
  2. Be cautious when dealing with internet auctions, sales or classifieds. Be cautious not to go outside the auction house, to not be enticed by the seller offering you free shipping, use Western Union or wire transfers. When selling something, never ship the item(s) until the check has cleared. If the check appears to be certified or a bank check, call the financial institution first to verify the check first.
  3. You are urged to have anti-virus and anti-spyware software that it is updated and you scan your PC for these items. Just because you have the software doesn’t mean it finds everything unless you scan it.
  4. Turn your computer OFF when not in use.
  5. Make sure your computer’s operating system is up to date.
  6. Children may be smart enough not to talk or go to a stranger, however what is stopping the predator from meeting your child?
  7. Parents don’t realize that kids can have more than one screen name or social networking profile.
  8. Never have an away message when not on your computer.
  9. Even gaming systems that connect to the internet (such as Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) enable communications with strangers and report a child’s profile and time on/off line.
  10. Children should be supervised when using a Web Cam and any time they are on the internet.
  11. Consider parental control or monitoring software.
  12. Ask and work with your school and community to help educate parents and kids about the dangers of the internet.
  13. Some additional resources:
    1. NetSmartz.org
    2. IC3.gov – Internet Crime Complaint Center
    3. Internet Crime Prevention Tips
    4. Internet Crime Schemes
    5. FTC.gov – Federal Trade Commission
    6. FTC’s Identity Theft Site
    7. Snopes.com – Urban Legends Reference Pages
    8. Microsoft.com/defender – Spyware Protection