Child safety on the Internet

It is important that everyone using Internet resources understand that this is a vast resource to which the Library can provide access, but over which the Library has little control. Please read the following Policy Statement and the guidelines for child safety and review them with your children as appropriate. Remember that parents, not the Library, must be responsible for children's appropriate use of the Internet.

Wicomico County Free Library Policy for Access to Electronic Information

Child Safety on the Internet Guidelines

This is an excerpt from the brochure, "Child Safety on the Information Highway."

It is reprinted and distributed with permission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). (c) NCMEC 1994 All rights reserved. For futher information on child safety, please call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number; parents' work address/telephone number; or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.

2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting. I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.

4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.

5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.

6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break rules without their permission.

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