Internet, the “Net,” the “Web:” it's a worldwide network of information and entertainment accessible through computer and modem. Even if your children are more comfortable using computers than you are, your involvement can help them be “street smart” on the Information Highway and ensure that their experience is a positive one.
Explore the Internet with your child.
If you do not know how to use it, have your child teach you or ask a librarian for help.
Spend time together exploring online sites.
Know that there is no control over who and what is on the Internet.
Be aware that many sites on the Internet are funded through advertising.
Sometimes a recommended and appropriate site will link directly or indirectly to non-appropriate sites.
Be aware that you might find inappropriate material, people with bad manners, computer viruses, harassment, advertising scams, adult material, and sites you may not wish your child to visit.
Teach your child how to be safe on the Internet.
The Los Angeles Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. As with other library materials, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Visit The American Library Association's Online Resources for Parents and Children . It's a good place to begin learning about and exploring the Internet. Also, Great Web Sites for Kids provides a huge assortment of recommended sites.
Visit bNetS@vvy for timely information on how to help your child use the Internet safely.