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Internet Safety Resources for Parents

An important safety concern for parents is Internet safety. With the interest in Web sites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, and the increased use of chat rooms and blogs by students, district officials realize the need to educate students and parents on how they can protect themselves and their children. 

Internet safety lessons are included in the Parkway health curriculum, so teachers regularly talk with students about how to be safe online.

In addition, parents have been educated through recent district meetings and presentations with Internet safety experts. At the area advisories meetings this fall, Glenn Berry, Missouri Center for Safe Schools, presented on this topic and offered the following tips for parents:

  • Keep computer in open area.
  • Do not allow Internet access on a computer in your child’s room.
  • Educate yourself on the ins and outs of the Internet.
  • Become part of your child’s online experience.
  • Talk about Internet safety with children.
  • Create an online agreement with your child outlining acceptable behavior. 
  • Supervise your child’s cell phone and Internet usage.
  • Block inappropriate Web sites. 
  • Buy software that records chats, instant messaging, e-mails and Web sites visited.
    Spector Pro www.spectorsoft.com
    PC Tattletale www.pctattletale.com
    Guardian Monitor Pro www.guardiansoftware.com
    Ultraview Plus www.awarenesstech.com

To view Dr. Barry's entire presentation on Internet safety, click here. To view information on how to control your child's Internet access and change settings on your home computer, click here.

Additional Internet safety resources can be found at the following Web sites:

Internet safety education is ongoing in Parkway schools assisted in part by Parkway technology specialists, who all recently completed Internet safety training and received certification from i-SAFE, a non-profit organization endorsed by the US Congress.