Monday, October 20, 2008

Internet Contract for Parents & Kids

by Sandy Blanquera

After reading the interesting commentary Dan Harris included on the article Age Restrictions for Social Media, I decided to provide a follow-up blog for those of you who are parents or work with parents about how to handle internet expectations in the home. The Family Online Safety Institute has a great contract we found years ago and use with our kids. I encourage you to check it out.

We review this contract at least annually with our daughters and have them sign a new copy each year. I love that it puts the responsibility on both the parents and kids. Under the contract, parents are expected to communicate with their children, understand websites, set rules and create a safe environment for kids to talk about "bad" sites that pop up for example. When it comes to children, the contract creates dialogue around setting safe passwords, not giving information out online, using manners, respect and more. Perhaps this contract will be beneficial to you.

Email Sandy@ or visit her blog My Fabulous Home.


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