AFO is dedicated to making the Internet as safe as possible.  Unfortunately, there is much more to it than blocking pornographic and violent sites. You should always start with a filtered internet service provider to protect you and your family from internet predators.

Aside from prayer, we believe knowledge is the best weapon for online protection of your children.  Before you let anyone in your family (including yourself) "surf the net" please read how to best protect yourself and your family.  We would also add, never (even with protected internet service) let your children browse the internet without keeping a close eye on where they are going.   The best way to do this is to have the computer located in an area of the house that has a lot of traffic, like the living room.  If this is not an option make sure the computer is where you can see the screen at a moments notice.  In other words, the moment you walk into the room you should be able to see the screen.

Safety Tips from the FBI

  • Never give out identifying information such as Name, Home Address, School Name, or Telephone Number in a public message such as at a chat room or on bulletin boards. Never send a person a picture of you without first checking with your parent or guardian.

  • Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are:

    • Suggestive
    • Obscene
    • Belligerent
    • Threatening
    • Make You Feel Uncomfortable
  • Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts and money. Be very careful about any offers that involve your coming to a meeting or having someone visit your house.

  • Tell your parent or guardian right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.

  • Never arrange a face to face meeting without telling your parent or guardian. If your parent or guardian agree to the meeting, make sure that you meet in a public place and have a parent or guardian with you.

  • Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Because you can't see or even hear the person it would be easy for someone to misrepresent him- or herself. Thus, someone indicating that "she" is a "12-year-old-girl" could in reality be an older man.

  • Be sure that you are dealing with someone that you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself via E-mail.

  • Get to know your "online friends" just as you get to know all of your other friends.

  • A Lesson On-Line
    This message has been forwarded all around the globe, and it is a great illustration as to why chat rooms are so dangerous.   READ IT HERE

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