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Communicate with Family Members
- Begin a list of all the media access points in your home--Internet, mobile devices, television, magazines, books, etc.
- Identify which ones need to be filtered or stopped.
- Learn how to safeguard internet enabled devices such as computers, cell phones, game consoles, ipods etc.
- Check your computer history.
- Install a filter on your computers.
- Install monitoring software on your computers.
- Install accountability software on your computers.
- Monitor a child's online behavior.
- Check parental controls on all electronic devices.
- Check out the games your children play online for adult content or other suggestive themes.
- Embed a widget on personal blog or webpage to search video game ratings.
- Read a review of the video or online game your child likes to play.
- Check with a parent of one of your child’s friends to see how they protect their kids online.
- Talk to neighbors about their family rules and how they manage media and Internet access points before your child visits their home.
Safe Media Pledge
- Schedule a time to discuss and sign the Safe Media Pledge with your family.
- Create a family media pledge. Think about guidelines, be honest with what makes your family vulnerable then write down a plan and have each family member sign it.
- Print off the Safe Media Pledge.
- Share the Safe Media Pledge idea with a neighbor or extended family member. Encourage your neighbors to create a Safe Media Pledge in their home.
- Check out the reviews before choosing a movie.
- Be an example to your family when selecting movies you view.
- Cancel mail from companies with offensive content by emailing or calling the Customer Service Contact and explaining why you don’t want their mailings.
- Sign up on the Do Not Contact Registry to protect your child from unsolicited emails that are obscene or harmful to minors.
- Find a book, resource or new website to help in the fight against pornography in your home.
- Watch Ken Foster: Media's Influence on You to find out how media influences our attitudes and behaviors. Understanding gives us an edge on making better decisions.