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Internet Safety Rules                            

Use common sense.

Don't just get you child an Internet account and turn them loose.

Monitor their activity.

Ask them which sites they visit and why. Set up the computer in a common area so you can keep an eye on things. Check the web browser's History file to see which sites they access.

Set limits

It's up to you to determine when your kids can go online and how much time they spend.

Use filtering software & or Content Advisor

to adjust the types of content that children can see: In Microsoft Windows 95/98 & XP

1.  From the start Button select Control Panel
2.  In Control Panel, double-click the Internet options icon.
3. Click the Content tab.
4.  In the Content Advisor area, click Settings.
5. Type the supervisor password for your computer.
6. Click the Ratings tab, click a category in the list, and then adjust the slider to set the limits. 

7. Repeat this process for each category you want to adjust.

Ask your kids to agree to these rules:

1.  Don't give out a credit card number online or via e-mail.

2.  Don't divulge any personal information without your approval. This includes posting    personal data and photographs on a web page. (Name, School, Teams,)

3.  Make sure they let you know immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.

4.  Never meet anyone they've communicated with online unless you are present or give your consent.

Beginner's glossary of Text & IM Terms

And here's a glossary of some useful texting terms to get you started. We'll stick with G-rated ones—no cursing—but you can find the whole gamut online.Techdictionary.com lists as new terms:
  • PCT – Podcasting
  • PEBCAK – Problem exists between chair and keyboard
  • RTWT – Read the whole thing (used with blogs – online entries, often on a particular topic, often interactive)
Some terms start with numerals:
  • 10x – thanks (tenx)
  • 2 – too or to
  • 4 – for
  • 4COL – For crying out loud
Here's a smattering of other terms, listed alphabetically. Note how many serve as warnings that parents are nearby.A
  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • ASAP – As soon as possible
  • ASL – Age/sex/location
  • ATM – At the moment
  • AWOL – Absent without official leave
  • B4N – Bye for now
  • BBL – Be back later
  • BF - Boyfriend, best friend
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • CD9 – Code 9 (means parents are around)
  • CID – Crying in disgrace
  • CU – See you (later)
  • CU2 – See you too
  • D8 – Date
  • DIKU? – Do I know you?
  • DTRT – Do the right thing
  • EG – Evil grin
  • ESAD – Eat stuff and die
  • F2F – Face to face
"Talking is so inconvenient" when you can text instead.
  • FITB – Fill in the blank
  • FOMC – Fell off my chair
  • FYA – For your amusement
  • G1 – Good one
  • GF – Girlfriend
  • GTG or G2G – Got to go, or good to go
  • GR8 – Great
  • H8 – Hate
  • H&K or HAK – Hugs and kisses
  • HHOK – Ha ha only kidding
  • HHOS – Ha ha only serious
  • IC – I see
  • IDK – I don't know
  • IDR – I don't remember
  • ITYM – I think you mean
  • J4F – Just for fun
  • JAS – Just a second
  • JIC – Just in case
  • JK – Just kidding
  • K – OK
  • KHYF – Know how you feel
  • KIT – Keep in touch
  • KPC – Keep parents clueless
  • L8R – Later
  • LMHO – Laughing my head off
  • LOL – Laughing out loud
  • LTNS – Long time no see
  • MYOB – Mind your own business
  • MOF – Matter of fact
  • MOS – Mom over shoulder
  • MOTD – Message of the day
  • NAC – Not a clue
  • NBD – No big deal
  • NM – Not much, never mind, or no message
  • OAUS – On an unrelated subject
  • OBTW – Oh, by the way
  • OMG – Oh my gosh
  • ONNTA – Oh no, not this again
  • PAW – Parents are watching
  • PIR – Parents in room
  • POS – Parents over shoulder
  • PPL – People
  • PRON or pr0n – intentional misspelling of porn
  • QT – Cutie
  • R – Are
  • RAEBNC – Read and enjoyed, but no comment
  • REHI – Hi again
  • ROTFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  • SCNR – Sorry, could not resist
  • SEC – Wait a second
  • SMH – Shaking my head
  • SOB – Stressed out bigtime
  • TBH – To be honest
  • TGIF – Thank God it's Friday
  • THX, TNX or TX – Thanks
  • TIA – Thanks in advance
  • TMI – Too much information
  • TTFN – Ta ta for now
  • TTYL, TTUL, T2UL or T2YL – Talk to you later
  • TY – Thank you
  • TYT – Take your time
  • U – You
  • UOK – [Are] you OK?
  • UOM – You owe me
  • UR – You're or your
  • WAEF – When all else fails
  • WTH – What the heck
  • W8 – Wait
  • XOXO – Hugs and kisses
  • YABA – Yet another bloody acronym
  • YGLT – You're gonna love this
  • YKW – You know what
  • YW – You're welcome


  After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get   
on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAnge l213. She checked her
Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:  

        Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home
        today. It was really weird!  

        LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
        Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?  

        Of course I do LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see
        anybody when I looked out.  
        Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?  

        Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.  

        Did you have a softball game after school today?  

        Yes and we won!!  
        That's great! Who did you play?  
        We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross!
        They look like bees. LOL  

        What is your team called?  

        We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms.
        They are really cool.  

        Did you pitch?  

        No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done
        before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!  

        Catch you later. Bye  

  Meanwhile.....GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her   
profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out
a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.  

      Her name:  Shannon   

      Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985  

      Age: 13  

      State where she lived:   North Carolina    

      Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.

  Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had
just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. Every afternoon
until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on
Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats
Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth
grade at the Canton Junior High School. She had told him all this in the
conversations they had o n- line. He had enough information to find her now.  

  Shannon  didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from   
the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from   
walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers
were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had
brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.  

  By Thursday,  Shannon  had forgotten about the footsteps following her.  
Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her.   
It was then that the memory came back She glanced up from her second base
position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence
behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary
and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.;   

  After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She   
noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled
back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.  

  Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to   
Shannon's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park
to get his car.  

  Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to   
go to Shannon's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until   
time to make his move.  

  Shannon  was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the   
living room. " Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she
couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to s ee the man from the ballpark   
sitting on the sofa. "Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a
most interesting story about you."     

  Shannon  sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never   
seen him before today! "Do you know who I am,  Shannon ?" the man asked.  
"No,"  Shannon  answered. "I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."  
Shannon  was stunned "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he
lives in Michigan!"

  The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, 
Shannon, there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of  them.  
But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of   
parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to
teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough
about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you
went to,the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and
name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."  

  Shannon  was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan?" He laughed. "No,
I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"  
She nodded. "I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky.  
The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not  
to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong  
people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before  
you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing  
you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again.
Tell others about this so they will be safe too?" "It's a promise!"  

  That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down together and thanked   
God for protecting  Shannon  from what could have been a tragic situation.