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What is a good way to get involved with my child’s online life?

One way to get involved with your child online is to take them someplace fun or interesting online that you’ve found, instead of the other way around.  Start when they’re young to introduce them to kid-friendly sites {link underlined text to tip above} you find valuable. 

Thinkuknow.co.uk, developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is a great site for you to show your children. The site is divided by age.  For example, if your child is between the ages of five and seven, the site offers fun videos on the safe use of the Internet through Lee & Kim's adventures or Hector and his friends.  Children eight to ten are invited to play games, hang out in the cyber café, and fill out surveys on good Internet safety practices. 

Another way to get involved with your child’s Internet use is to recommend safe searching tools.  AskKids.com is a search engine that allows kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.
Sites like these help children and preteens learn to socialize and develop their decision-making skills.  Finding and exploring sites alongside your child will be fun and keep you involved with your child’s online life.
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