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Lisa Saveikis Burrow, attorney, mom, and Associate General Counsel at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, answers some questions about how she and her husband implement safe Internet use in their home.
Q: What steps do you take to protect your children online?
A: We supervise our son?s use of the computer as much as possible. We have an interest in what he is doing, so he wants to share it with us. Our computer is in a highly visible area, and we put fairly strict limits on the amount of time he is allowed to use the computer.
Q: What ?safe sites? have you found that you feel comfortable letting your children explore?
A: My children are young, and my son?s exploration has just begun; www.pbskids.org is fun and educational, and it helps children acquire some keyboarding and navigational skills, and www.bobthebuilder.com is also lots of fun.
Q: What advice would you like to share with other parents to keep their children safe online?
A: Use the technology available. Install and activate parental controls to block Web sites whose content is objectionable. But don?t rely on technology to do your job. Some objectionable material can slip through. Pedophiles and others who can do your children harm can, and deliberately do, design their sites to avoid the typical catchwords and can set up their sites and URLs to respond to innocent searches.