AFO is dedicated to making
the Internet as safe as possible. Unfortunately, there
is much more to it than blocking pornographic and violent
sites. You should always start with a filtered internet service provider to protect you and your family from internet predators.
Aside from prayer, we believe knowledge is the
best weapon for online protection of your children. Before you let
anyone in your family (including yourself) "surf the
net" please read how to best protect yourself and your
family. We would also add, never (even with protected
internet service) let your children browse the internet without
keeping a close eye on where they are going. The best
way to do this is to have the computer located in an area
of the house that has a lot of traffic, like the living room.
If this is not an option make sure the computer is where you
can see the screen at a moments notice. In other words,
the moment you walk into the room you should be able to see the
Tips from the FBI
Never give out
identifying information such as Name, Home Address,
School Name, or Telephone Number in a public message
such as at a chat room or on bulletin boards. Never
send a person a picture of you without first checking
with your parent or guardian.
Never respond to
messages or bulletin board items that are:
- Make You Feel Uncomfortable
Be careful when
someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts
and money. Be very careful about any offers that involve
your coming to a meeting or having someone visit your
Tell your parent
or guardian right away if you come across any information
that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Never arrange a
face to face meeting without telling your parent or
guardian. If your parent or guardian agree to the meeting,
make sure that you meet in a public place and have a
parent or guardian with you.
Remember that people
online may not be who they seem. Because you can't see
or even hear the person it would be easy for someone
to misrepresent him- or herself. Thus, someone indicating
that "she" is a "12-year-old-girl"
could in reality be an older man.
Be sure that you
are dealing with someone that you and your parents know
and trust before giving out any personal information
about yourself via E-mail.
Get to know your
"online friends" just as you get to know all
of your other friends.