KIDS AND TEENS
links just for kids and teens.
Guidelines for Children
- Do not give our personal information such
as your address, telephone number, parent's work address or telephone number,
or the name and location of your school.
Tell your parents if something you come across online makes you uncomfortable.
Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" online without your
parents permission. If your parents agree to the meeting, be sure the meeting
is in a public place and that you bring them along.
Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene,
belligerent, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable. Give a copy of such
messages to your parents and have them forward it to your Internet service provider.
Never send pictures of yourself or any other personal material to a friend you
meet online without telling your parents first.-
Follow the rules that your parents set for your online activities.
There are places on the Internet that are for adults only. If you find yourself
in one of those areas LEAVE and go to one of the cool places on the Internet for
Tips for Teens
- Don't give out personal information about your family
situation, school, telephone number or address.
If you become aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography
while online, immediately report this to the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children at 1-800-843-5678.
When "chatting" in chat rooms, remember that not everyone is who they
say they are, for example a person who says "she" is a 14-year-old girl
from New York may really be a 42-year-old man from California.
If someone harasses you online, says anything inappropriate, or does anything
that makes you feel uncomfortable, contact your Internet service provider.
Know that there are rules many Internet service providers have about online behavior.
If you violate these rules, your Internet service provider may give you a "time
out" and disable your account either temporarily or permanently.
Consider volunteering at your local library, school, or Boys and Girls club to
help younger children online. Many schools and nonprofit organizations are in
need of people to help set up their computers and Internet capabilities.
If you are having problems at home, with your friends, or at school, a friend
you have met online may not be the best person to talk with. Covenant House is
a good place to call at 1-800-999-9999. They are able to provide counseling, refer
you to a local shelter, assist with the police, and serve at mediators in calling
you are thinking about running away, call the National Runaway Switchboard at
1-800-621-4000, instead of talking to friends online. Although some of your online
friends may seem to really listen to you, the Switchboard will be able to give
you answers to some of your questions about what to do when you are depressed,
abused, or thinking about running away.