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The Internet offers a world of

opportunity for your children to learn and to 6. Don’t use the computer as a baby-
enjoy. Just a few short years ago, no one sitter. Set time limits on Internet 10. Supervise your child’s chat room
would have imagined the exciting opportunities usage, and discourage late-night use. activity. Pedophiles join chat rooms,
the Internet would create. especially ones where children gather.
7. Don’t talk to strangers; it’s a valid
But, the Internet also poses special rule on the streets and on the Internet. 11. Check the history files regularly and
dangers for your kids. Evil people can easily The Internet hides the true identity of perhaps even read your child’s e-
manipulate it – in frightening ways. users, so there’s no way to know if mail if you have reason to suspect a
people are who they say they are. problem.
That’s why Concerned Women for
America (CWA) suggests the following 14 8. Guard your family’s privacy by never 12. Help children to set up “bookmarks”
safety tips. They’ll help you take advantage giving out your name, address, or to enable easy access to positive, fun
of the benefits the Internet offers your telephone number (except, of course, and educational sites.
children. when doing something like placing an
order with an established retailer). 13. Report incidents of hard-core porn
1. Keep the computer in a common area, spam and pornographic Web sites at
such as the family room or kitchen. 9. Don’t allow children to reveal too Veteran law
much about themselves in the enforcement officers review these reports
2. Use a software filtering system or “personal profile” sections that some and forward those that meet the
subscribe to an Internet service provider Internet companies provide. Pedophiles definition of obscenity to the Department
(ISP) that offers filtering from its prey on this information. Parents should of Justice’s Child Exploitation and
mainframe computer. become familiar with new rules for Web Obscenity Section and to the U.S.
site operators, established by the Attorney for the district from which the
3. Show your children what to do if they Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint originated.
accidentally stumble onto a bad site. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Teach them how to escape by using the (COPPA), effective April 2000, restricts 14. Call, write and e-mail Attorney
“Back” button on the Web browser or the how Web site operators may collect and General Alberto Gonzales and
“Home” key, which will return them to the use personal information from children demand that the Department of
computer’s default home page. If all else under age 13. The rules spell out when Justice vigorously enforce the
fails, turn off the computer. and how these operators must seek federal obscenity laws.
parental consent and what
4. Set up ground rules for use of the responsibilities they have to protect your Hon. Alberto Gonzales
computer and stick to them. Let your child’s privacy and safety online. For Attorney General of the United States
children know the consequences of misuse more information, see the FTC’s article U.S. Department of Justice
and then follow through. “How to Protect Kids’ Privacy 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Online” at (“For Washington, D.C. 20530
5. Use filtering software that keeps a log Consumers” section; click on “E- (202) 514-4195
of all the sites your family visits. Commerce & the Internet.”)
A CWA Resource

Jan LaRue’s book, co-authored with Frank

York, is an excellent guide with even more
practical tips to help you. Many of the tips in
this brochure came from her book, Protecting
Your Child in an X-Rated World: What
You Need to Know to Make a Difference.

To obtain your copy, call CWA toll-free at

1-800-458-8797 or click the “Shop” button 14 Ways
online at CWA’s web site,

Plus, ask us about these other

valuable, free CWA resources, available on
our Web site: You Can Protect
¾ Hard-Core Harm: Why You Can’t Be Soft
on Porn

¾ The Porn Ring Around Corporate White Your Children

Collars: Getting Filthy Rich
Concerned Women for America
¾ How to Keep Pornographic “Signal Bleed”
is a national non-profit (c)(3)
Out of Your Home
organization. Online
¾ Shock Jocks and Others ‘Fear’ FCC We are located at:
1015 15th St., NW
For additional copies of this brochure or for Suite 1100
more information about Concerned Women for Washington, DC 20005 By Jan LaRue, Esq., Chief Counsel
America, please contact: Concerned Women for America
Concerned Women for America Ph: 202.488.7000
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