#1 Don’t overshare
Parents should ensure that kids are aware of what they should post and share online. Remember that anything you post online is there forever, even if you delete it. When you post something on the Internet, it is the equivalent of posting it on a billboard beside an express way.
#2 Respect others
Ask your children to think about what they are writing on blogs, forums or on their friends’ Facebook pages before they post.
#3 Show consideration
Teaching your kids about the right time to send messages or emails to their friends is just as important as any other rule associated with how they behave online.
#4 Monitor the time
Set rules about how long they are allowed to be online each day – including homework time. And don’t give in.
#5 Check the language
Stress the importance of proper language when they are communicating online. Acronyms in an email to the school teacher is not okay.
Remind your kids to always keep their online account ID and password private, and not to share it with friends. Ensure that they change their passwords if they think someone else knows it.
#7 Personal Information
Remind your kids to never give out personal information online – like phone numbers, address, name or location of schools. They need to check with your first if they think it is necessary to give some information.
#8 Online only
An important rule is to never meet an ‘online’ friend in person. This has to be drilled into your kids as no one knows who this person might be.
Dos and Don’ts of Facebook that you need to teach your kids
Do ask before you tag people on Facebook
Do respond to messages and mentions. A simple thank you will do.
Don’t abuse application invites and constantly invite friends to participate in games.
Don’t abuse group invites. If your friends are interested they will join without your encouragement.
Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.