How can you protect yourself from computer
viruses and material that might not be suitable for the
younger members of your family? You need a combination of
luck, technology, and common sense. The more common sense you
use, the less you need to depend on luck and technology.
Here is a list of things you could do to
• Never download files from sites that you
don’t know and trust.
• Do not open e-mail from people you don’t
• Do not use a disk that has been used on
another computer unless you know for certain that it is not
• Get a good anti-virus program and update
• Position your computer monitor in an
easily seen part of your home.
• Educate your children on Internet safety.
While there is no fool-proof way of securing
your computer, taking some sensible precautions should allow
you to safely enjoy your computer. If, like me, you do not
have an anti-virus program on your computer, you need to be
even more vigilant. My e-mail server automatically scans all
attachments, and I have never used an outside disk on my
computer. So far, I have been virus-free and thankful!
With kids, education is a lot more effective
than close monitoring. Their quick fingers can easily switch
from pornography to their homework almost as fast as you can
Online Safety Contract for Children
See an on-line safety contract you could discuss and sign with
Check out the sites below for more
Information on Antivirus Programs
Computer Safety Tips
Safety Online (for kids)
Lots of information on various issues related to Internet
safety for children. It features articles that are respectful
of the child’s needs for privacy and trust.
Signs Your Children Might be Misusing the
This FBI publication gives you a list of signs to look out for
if you suspect that your children might be misusing the
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