RECOGNIZE – Teach your children to recognize unsafe and inappropriate situations, web sites, chat rooms and instant messages. When they are aware of where dangers might be, they can avoid those situations.
RESIST – The best way for your children to resist online dangers is by keeping their personal information personal. Tell them not to five out that information to anyone online. Tell them they can resist by saying no and/or leaving the chat room or blocking instant messages from anyone who says anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
REPORT – Tell your children they should report anything they feel in inappropriate to you or another trusted adult. Let them know that you will listen to them and thrust them.
This information was printed in the Questar GasLight News, July 2009