When your children play outside, they probably know that some places are off limits. But if they are spending time on the Internet, they may not have any idea about how to keep themselves safe.
Parents know that the Internet can be a valuable learning tool. But there are also some dangers that should not be overlooked.
On the Internet, children can find material that is sexually explicit, violent, or both. They might also innocently start an online relationship with someone who is interested in hurting children.
How can you protect your child—while still taking advantage of the valuable pool of information available online?
- Take an active role in what your child is doing. Monitor the friendships your child makes through the computer exactly as you would monitor friendships made in school. That doesn’t mean reading over your child’s shoulder all the time. But it probably suggests that you should keep the computer in a room where you can check in regularly—and not in your child’s bedroom.
- Contact your online service. Many offer parents the opportunity to block certain areas from their children.
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