If you are a parent, it's important that your children understand clear rules for the use of company computers and the types of websites that may be accessed by them regardless of their location.
Here are some examples that you may want to adapt to your circumstances:
A Minor's Computer Contract
I will ALWAYS tell a parent or another adult immediately, if something is confusing or seems scary or threatening.
I will NOT give out a credit card number online without a parent present.
I will NOT go into a new online area that is going to cost additional money without first asking permission from my parent or teacher.
I will NEVER give out my full name, real address, telephone number, school name or location, schedule, password, or other identifying information when I'm online. I will check with an adult for any exceptions.
I will NEVER send a picture over the Internet or via regular mail to anyone without my parent's permission.
I will NEVER respond online to any messages that use bad words or words that are scary, threatening, or just feel weird. If I get that kind of message, I'll print it out and tell an adult immediately. The adult can then contact the online service or appropriate agency. If I'm uncomfortable in a live chat room, I will use the "ignore" button or live the chat room.
I will NEVER have a face-to-face meeting with someone I've met online.
In rare cases, I will discuss ALL the details with my parents who MAY decide it's OK, but I will make sure we meet in a public place and that my parent or guardian is with me.
Computer User_________________ Date______
Parent/Child Internet Use Contract
I will make or find a list of recommended sites for my children to visit.
I will seek out options for monitoring and possibly blocking and filtering inappropriate Internet content for my children
I will try to get to know my child's online friends and "buddy list" contacts, just as I try to get to know their other friends.
I will frequently check to see where my children have visited on the Internet.
I will set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by my children and will discuss these rules, posting them near the computer as a reminder. I will monitor for compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time my children spend on the computer.
I will not overreact if my child tells me about a problem they are having on the Internet, but will work with them to solve the problem and prevent it from happening again.
I will report suspicious or illegal activities to the proper authorities.
I will put the home computer in a family area.
I promise not to use a computer or the Internet as an electronic babysitter.
I will provide my children with opportunities for other types of entertainment and recreation involving outdoor and/or physical activity.
I agree to the above.
Child Computer Contract
I will never enter a site that says I must be 18 years old to enter.
I will not give my name, address, phone number, school, or my parents' names, address or phone number; to anyone I meet on the computer.
I will never, ever meet with anyone I've talked to online without getting my parent's permission first.
I will never download games, music or videos without parental consent, as I know many viruses can infect our computer this way.
If my parents ask me for my passwords, I will give them to them. I will NEVER give out my passwords or any of my family's passwords to anyone else, not even friends or other family members.
I will not try to win free things or buy things on the Internet without my parents' permission. If I get a message that I won something, I will show it to my parents. If I get emails asking for private information, I will also show my parents
I will use good manners when online, including clean language and respect for others. I will not pick fights or use mean words.
I will never click on any links in emails or open attachments from people or sources I am not familiar with.
I know my parents will supervise my time online and use software to monitor or limit where I go online. I understand they are doing this because they love me and want to protect me.
I will limit my time on the Internet to:____________a day, excluding homework.
I agree to the above.