Age-based guidelines for kids’ Internet use

If your children use the Internet at home, you already know how important it is to help protect them from inappropriate content and contact.

Family Safety from Windows Live OneCare and the parental controls included in Windows Vista can help you create a safer online environment for your children.

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) helped Microsoft develop age-based guidance for Internet use that’s included in both of these products. To learn more, click the links below.

Up to age 10: High settings

Supervise and monitor your children to make sure they are not exposed to inappropriate materials up until they are age 10.

You can use Internet safety tools to limit access to content, Web sites, and activities, and be actively involved in your child’s Internet use.

Ages 11 to 14: Medium settings

Children this age are savvier about their Internet experience, but it’s still a good idea to supervise and monitor their Internet use to ensure they are not exposed to inappropriate materials.

You can use Internet safety tools to limit access to content and Web sites and provide a report of Internet activities.

Make sure children this age understand what personal information they should not give over the Internet.

Ages 15 to 18: Low settings

Teens should have almost limitless access to content, Web sites, or activities. They are savvy about the Internet but they still need parents to remind them of appropriate safety guidelines. Parents should be available to help their teens understand inappropriate messages and avoid unsafe situations.

It’s a good idea for parents to remind teens what personal information should not be given over the Internet.

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