Following are tips from the National Assn. of School Psychologists on protecting your kids online, even if your own online skills lag behind theirs.
* Keep computers in easily viewable places, such as the family room or kitchen.
* Talk regularly with your children about the online activities in which they are involved and Internet etiquette in general. Children should know the rule that many adults have learned from painful experience: Do not say online what you would not say in person.
* Encourage children to be self-protective. Remind them that anything they say on the Internet or in phone text messages can be shared with others and misused. Ask them to consider if they want what they are saying and doing broadly disseminated. If not, they probably should not say or post it.
* Be specific about the risks of cyber-bullying and their need to tell you if something that bothers them occurs.
* Respect for adolescents' privacy is important. But tell children that you may review their online communications if you have reason for concern.
* Set clear expectations for responsible online behavior and phone use and consequences for violating those expectations.
* Consider establishing a parent-child Internet use contract.