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Kids and Computers -- Some Things to Watch For

by Deborah Tucker, M.A.

 

 

I feel old writing this, but I remember when the first Apple computer came — April Fool’s Day, 1976.  We’ve had personal computers around our house almost since that time, thanks to my husband’s business.  I love them and use them intensively — this newsletter is just one example — but even with all that experience we dropped the ball a few times when it came to policing our now-grown children on the Internet.   

If it can happen to us, it can happen to you.  And things have changed in the online world since we were in charge of our children’s web surfing.  Below are two links to help you learn more about what you can do to keep your children and teens safe and in your comfort zone when they’re on the Internet.  If you need more help in setting up guidelines and consequences, feel free to give us a call, or even drop us an e-mail. 

PC Magazine has a great article on how to keep your kids safe.  We have the article in PDF form at Keep Your Kids Safe, or you can look for it at http://go.pcmag.com/safesurfing .  U.S. News and World Report devoted several articles to MySpace, teens, and kids on the Internet in their September 10, 2006 edition.  At this writing, it can be found at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060910/18myspace.htm .  If the link has expired, try going to the main site at www.usnews.com and searching on the term “myspace”.


 

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