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COMPUTERS
Also see: INTERNET, BUYING

BUYING A COMPUTER:
Before buying:

____ Decide:
          - Who will use it?
          - What will it be used for?
          - Do you need a portable (e.g. notebook) computer?
          - Macintosh or PC (IBM-compatible)? - Macintosh is easier to use, much more widely used in schools - PC's have more software available
          - What type(s) of software do you need and want to use on it?
          - Do you want to get on the Internet?
          - Do you need a CD-ROM drive?
          - Do you need color?
          - Do you need laser-quality printouts?
          - Do you need color printouts?
          - How fast does the computer need to be (megahertz)?
          - How many programs and files will you need to store on the hard drive (megabytes, gigabytes)?
          - How much memory (or RAM) is required for the program(s) you want to run?

Buying a computer:
____Consider buying online, e.g., MicroWarehouse

CHILDREN:
Before your child uses a computer:

____ Encourage your child to:
          - Alternate the hand they use to operate the mouse
          - Take breaks often

____ Take steps to prevent your child from accessing or altering valuable or inappropriate files

While your child is using the computer:
____ Watch for your child:
          - Rubbing his/her wrists or elbows - might indicate early stages of serious injury
          - Accessing inappropriate material (especially if they're online (World Wide Web, Internet))

Laptops/notebooks:
____ Consider buying an alarm to let you know if someone grabs it

If carrying (e.g., on a trip):
____ Watch it at all times - they're highly pilferable

BUYING SOFTWARE:
____ Click Here For The Best Software Deals From Chumbo.com

USING COMPUTERS:
As often as feasible and appropriate:

____ Change positions - to minimize risk of repetitive motion injuries, etc.

Every 5-10 minutes:
____ Save to hard drive or a floppy disk

After 30 minutes of work and after each session:
____ Save to a back-up floppy disk
____ Consider saving the file under a new name (e.g., add a letter or number to the end of the name) and save the old version in case the new version has a problem
____ Place back-up floppy disk in safe place (e.g. fireproof safe)

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INTERNET
Also see: COMPUTERS

____ Make your passwords difficult to guess
____ Never give your password to anyone for any reason, especially if you receive a message online which claims that your Internet provider needs to confirm your password, etc.
If you're considering buying something through the Internet:
____ Go to the internic.net web site to determine who owns the site you're dealing with
____ Check with the Better Business Bureau serving the company's location for complaints against the company
____ Don't provide your credit card # online unless you are dealing with a reputable company

____ Be aware that there is much inaccurate information on the Internet/World Wide Web - there are no safeguards to protect you
To increase the chances of getting accurate information:
____ Look for the following on the web site:
          - Author(s) name(s), affliation(s) and credentials
          - References
          - Sources
          - Sponsors/funding sources
          - Date posted/updated

After getting information from the Internet/World Wide Web:
____ Confirm it through a separate, reliable source

REGULARLY:
____ Change your password

CHILDREN:
If your child has access to the Internet/ World Wide Web:

____ Be aware that many child abusers/molesters use the Internet to gain a child's trust and set up a one-on-one meeting
____ Warn your child:
          - About child molesters using the Internet
          - To not give out any personal information on the Internet, e.g.,
          - Where you live
          - Where you go to school
          - To never meet with someone who has contacted them on the Internet without your approval
____ Monitor your child's use of the Internet, including where they spend their time (e.g., specific chat rooms)
____ Consider not letting your child:
          - Send E-mails
          - Use the computer unsupervised

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