It's your responsibility to protect your passwords so that other people cannot have access to your private files and e-mails. Please convey the message to your children that their password(s) should not be easy to guess (eg. John should not use "John" as his password). Their birthday, telephone numbers, pet's name and the word "password" are also bad choices for password selection.

Here's a tip for you and your children: you may try an alphanumeric password, which is a password with letters and numbers in combination. It's safer, but not harder to remember, than a password with only numbers or letters (eg. "say10cheese" or "a1b2c3d4").

Do not write the password onto a piece of paper. Disabling the "remember password" function on the Internet browser can prevent any unauthorized access to your Internet account, and, of course, remember to modify your passwords periodically.
Parents' Corner
CESY Introduction for Parents
  1. Do you want your child to be law-abiding, self-disciplined, and self-motivated in his/her teenage years?
  2. Do you want less conflict with your child, especially over the use of the computer?
If Yes, take action NOW
Start with understanding your child's needs at his/her present age
Adopt appropriate attitudes: encourage mutual trust and communication
Help him/her analyze a situation from different angles
Give age-appropriate freedom, rules, and a sense of responsibility
Develop your child's emotional control abilities at a young age
  • Be aware of your own emotions and those of others
  • Exercise control over your emotions
  • Know how to control your own behaviour
Foster his/her self-confidence
When your child uses the computer in ways you don't like
  • keep calm;
  • listen to his/her reasons;
  • communicate your views, feelings, and worries; and
  • let your child suggest ways of improving the situation.
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