Play it safe online
With the advent of mass technology comes the issue of our children using the electronic devices, and these days every child has a Facebook page; chatting with their friends is quite the fad. As parents, while “don't talk to strangers on the street” has to be converted to “don't chat with strangers online”, that is not the only thing you can do.
Teach them not to share any personal information without your permission. This means they should not share last names, home addresses, school names, or telephone numbers. Remember, just because someone asks for information does not mean you have to tell them anything about their lives!
When creating your kid's screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
Make sure they do not share their password with anyone but you. Whenever they use a public computer like school computers tell them to make sure to logout of the accounts they accessed before leaving the terminal.
Don't let your kids, especially those who are underage, post photos or videos online without your permission.
Make sure they don't agree to meet an online friend unless you have given permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren't. Remind the children that not everything you read online is true.
Don't let them buy anything online without talking to you first. Some ads may try to trick children by offering free things or saying that they have won something as a way of collecting personal information.
Most importantly, don't let them send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Keep open policies so they can share if they received one. If someone tries to make them feel insecure or insulted online, take actions. This will help create a two-way communication between you and your child.
You cannot keep the Internet away from them, but you can keep them safe on the Internet.