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How do I protect my child online?

By working together with AOL, you can determine which experiences are appropriate for your children.

AOL's Parental Controls are an easy-to-use feature that allows parents to control their children's online experiences. Parents can choose from four levels for each child and fine-tune access to email, instant messages, chat rooms, premium services, and web sites.

Of course, technology cannot take the place of parental supervision. Talk to your kids about their online experiences. Sit with them while they are using the service, meet their online friends and explore the web together.

Stress these online safety tips to your kids:

  1. Never tell anyone online your last name, address, phone number or the name of your school.
  2. Always keep your password secret! AOL staff will never ask you for it.
  3. Don't agree to meet an online friend in real life, unless your mum or dad goes with you.
  4. Make sure you know where files are from before you download them.
  5. Tell AOL (by signing-on to AOL and going to AOL Keyword: Trouble) and an adult you trust if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable.