Web Surfing as a Family Adventure
Yahoo is committed to helping create a safe online experience. With your child in mind, Yahoo has created Yahoo Kids and built safety features into many of its services. Yahoo also complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law designed to protect children under the age of 13 online.
But as a parent or caregiver, only you can judge what constitutes a positive and educational online experience for your child. You need to take an active role in assessing when and where your child uses the Internet and what he or she does while online.
Parenting for the online world is very similar to parenting in the real world. Don't let your child go anywhere unsupervised until you’re sure he or she can handle it properly. Don't allow your child to talk to strangers, especially if you're not around. And try to keep an eye on how he or she is spending free time and with whom.
Create a basic safety foundation for your child online by emphasizing two rules: Do not give out any personal information online, and do not set up face-to-face meetings with anyone without a parent's permission.
Before Your Child Goes Online:
When Your Child is Online
Most importantly, spend time with your child looking at web sites — it can offer a window into his or her interests, concerns, and ways of thinking. Enjoy this opportunity to have some fun together, while explaining what is and isn't appropriate behavior, and why. Make it enjoyable and productive time so that in the future, your child will feel comfortable sharing both good and bad online experiences with you.
Even if your child follows all of these precautions, he or she might still encounter inappropriate material or receive unpleasant messages from other users. If such inappropriate or sexually suggestive language, hate speech, or harassment occurs on Yahoo, please report abuse to the service your child was using.