Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3425 Teach Internet safety In the upper elementary grades, students often use the Internet at school to do research. Many children also use the Internet at home to connect with friends and to express themselves through personal pro- files and blogs. All children must be taught how to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. Here are some tips to help you guide and protect your child while using the Internet. Spend time with your child online. Demonstrate how to navigate websites, perform web searches, and bookmark web pages. If your child is fairly proficient in using the Internet, let your child do the navigating. Being able to demonstrate his/her computer skills will give your child a sense of pride and accomplishment. Have your child show you his/her favorite websites. Ask, “Why do you like this site?” Be careful when making judgments about the sites your child likes. Remember, you want to keep the lines of communication open. Keep your family computer in a common area of your home, such as the kitchen or family room. Children are much less likely to visit inappropriate websites if they know that others could be watching. Children should not have Internet access in their bedrooms or in other areas that may be difficult to supervise. Monitor the amount of screen time your child has. Surfing the Internet can be just as much a time waster as watching TV. Set a timer to limit the amount of time your child spends online. Discuss what you believe are appropriate websites for your child to visit. Then help your child locate some websites for play and research. Also help your child find age appropriate websites that relate to his/her hobbies or personal interests.