Child Safety on the Internet
Child Safety on the Internet
Monitor what your children are doing on the internet very closely!
Nearly everyone has access to the Internet on a daily basis. There is no real censorship on line
and many are concerned about child safety on the Internet. The risks of children being exposed to racy graphics and adult materials are great.
Children are solicited on line every day and the risks increase as the child gets older.
Teenagers are at increased risk to exposure to inappropriate materials and dangerous predators because they go on line without
supervision. They are more likely to have on line discussions with strangers than younger children. Many of the discussions are about adult
topics and many revolve around relationships and sex.
Child safety on the Internet is often threatened when the child or teen is making an innocent
search. A child may enter the word “toy” into a search engine and find adult materials not suitable for children. A child may come across
inappropriate information accidentally. Pop-up advertisements can also contain inappropriate language and graphics.
Children may also be exposed to violent content as well. There are many sites that house hateful
material and some sites may encourage children and teens to engage in activities that are illegal or to engage in activities that will put them
in a precarious situation. The difficulty is that the teens and children don’t have to search for the material; it often comes to them through
emails, chat rooms and advertisements.
The Internet may also be used by other children to harass a certain child or teen. The Internet
has replaced the prank phone call in many cases, but the harassment is often very hateful and belligerent. Older children or teens may bully an
unpopular student anonymously. Bullying over the Internet seems like a small worry, but it does pose a concern for child safety when using the
One major concern about child safety on the Internet is sexual predator. A trusting child could
easily provide personal information that could lead a sexual deviant right to his home. The child or teen may choose to meet with the predator
putting himself and his family at risk. Child molesters have been known to use chat rooms and emails to befriend a child and gain her trust. Then
the predator arranges an encounter in person.
Less horrific, but very valid concerns about child safety on the Internet are hackers and viruses.
It is very easy for a child to innocently download a file containing a virus. The virus can be could damage the computer. The virus can also
increase the odds of a hacker gaining access to the computer. The hacker can obtain personal information about the family, including financial
information and credit card numbers.
In some cases, the child gives out personal information without understanding the consequences. He
may provide a third party with credit-card numbers or bank account information without fully knowing the ramifications.
Parents need to take child safety on the Internet into consideration. It is important to balance
the child’s independence and privacy with parental involvement. Taking time to create rules and regulations and taking time to talk to children
will help lessen the risks to children’s safety when going on line.
Child Safety on the Internet Resources
http://www.safekids.com/ This is an excellent resource for child safety on the