28 Provide guidelines and set limits. u Expect your child to be in school every day, on time. u If you are trying to change a behavior, first make sure that your child knows what your expectations are. You can then offer rewards if your expectations are met, and/or consequences if they’re not. Never take away a positive activity (e.g., sports, choir, scouting) as a consequence. u Explain to your child that you’ll be checking on where he/she is going, and with whom. When children know their parents are checking on them, they’re less likely to do things they shouldn’t. u Make sure your child isn’t spending too much time online, on the phone, or watching TV. Set limits. Help keep your child safe online. u Explore websites together with your child. Ask your child to show you his/her favorite sites. u Discuss what information is appropriate for social networking sites. Make sure that access to your child’s personal profile is limited to those on his/her“friends list.” u Have your child sign an Internet Safety Contract. (Several examples are available online.) u Use parental control software to help keep your child safe and to limit time online. u Make sure your child understands that people online may not be who they say they are.Tell your child to never put personal information online (e.g., address, phone number, school, favorite hangout). u Remind your child that anything he/she texts or puts on the internet becomes public property that anyone can see. Make school a top priority. Nothing is more important to your child’s future than education.