• Ensure the friends your children communicate with online are people they know in real life.
  • Check the security settings on your child’s social networking site and ensure it is set to private.
  • Have your child agree to never meet someone offline who they have only met online without an adult being present. An online friend can be an offline stranger.
  • Have them agree to only use webcams in shared family locations, not in bedrooms.
  • Discuss the importance of not responding to junk email or opening spam mail or any files that are sent from people they don’t know.
  • Discourage your children from using unmonitored chat rooms... there are plenty of other ways to communicate.
  • Discuss and agree upon what photographs and images are appropriate to share on social networking sites. For example, does an image have any identifying information that could reveal person information about your child? Has your child’s peer group discussed protocols for posting images that include others? Is permission sought before posting an image with others in it? How can you ask someone to remove an image of you that you do not want shared? What are the formal processes you can undertake to get an image removed from a social networking site?