children this age are more likely to explore on their own, set up clear
parental rules, limits, and periodic check-ins.
to explore together as much as possible.
Give children a basic understanding of the laws governing online behavior
and the consequences of breaking them.
clear rules about which chat rooms are acceptable for your teenager,
and how much time can be spent there.
sure your children understand the actions that can be taken if people
harass them online or do anything inappropriate.
a budget for online expenses and monitor it. Pay particular attention
to games that your teenager might download or copy. Many are great fun,
but others are extremely violent. Parents need to set limits about what
is acceptable and what is not.
your teenager for help researching topics of interest to the family
(follow-up on a family discussion, family vacation, a new purchase).
to your teenager about new things online and encourage discussion of
sure your teenager knows the legal implications of online behavior.
time limits to make sure your teenager is still pursuing a well-rounded
set of activities.
your teenager is especially interested in computers, encourage him or
her to help younger children with their online explorations (try the
local Boys or Girls Club) or to help a school or nonprofit organization
get set up.