Parents have the strongest influence on their kids when it comes to internal fundamental values, for instance, how to make good choices online. Most of rules in the real world can apply to cyberspace.
A rule should be tailored to the age, maturity level, and particular circumstances of a child, so that he/she will be more inclined to abide by it. Some suggestion as follows:
- How long and under what circumstances can the child use the Internet? For example, an hour a day, but only after homework is done.
- What content is allowed? Examples of appropriate content include educational materials, reference Web sites, news, and so on.
- What content is inappropriate? Sexually explicit Web sites, sites on violence and so on.
- What happens if the rules are broken? A rule needs enforcement. Be clear on the consequences, for example, if the child does not follow the rules, he/she must face shorter time given to access Internet, loss of Internet privileges, and so on.