The Internet is a constantly growing educational resource for children and can be a positive experience. Millions of children surf the Internet for school and entertainment every day. Children also communicate through e-mails, chat rooms and public message boards. That's the good news about the Internet. The bad news is unsupervised, the Internet can be dangerous, exposing our children to predators and inappropriate material.
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, one in five children receive unwanted sexual solicitations online and 70 percent of these unwanted solicitations happen on a home computer. The survey also found that most families who have youth who use the Internet regularly do not use filtering or blocking software.
Exposure to inappropriate materials and harassment are only a few of the safety issues parents must be aware of today when they have children who are using the Internet. Child safety on the Internet has become an ever-increasing problem facing parents, students, teachers and law enforcement. We as adults have a responsibility to provide our children with access to various types of learning experiences through hands-on experiences. Using the Internet has and/or will continue to become a very vital part of our children’s day to day lives. In providing access to resource, we must also provide guidance and guidelines for the various hazards that can be encountered when using this medium.
The Internet is known to be an untamed frontier. The rules and etiquette are evolving from those who use it. You can find unparalleled richness in human expression and the opportunity to obtain information from all sources which at one time was only available to a few. The quality of information and the behavior of individuals on the Internet vary. As members of this vast new electronic community, you and your family must ask yourselves how you will contribute to make it a safer environment for all users.
Today's world is digital and ever changing. The internet and mobile technology has made everything so convenient and simple, but there's always a catch: not everyone or everything in our digital world has good intentions. Not everything online is bad, and evil doesn't lurk around every corner. Because this technology is evolving and growing it is imperative we keep up with our children's online activities, including on their computers or tablets and their mobile devices. There are hundreds of mobile apps available for various conveniences and entertainment, and no specific app poses a danger in and of itself, but many do provide our children with an opportunity to make bad choices.
- TeenSafe Parenting Guide to Tech Safety
- TeenSafe Smartphone App Blacklist 2018
- National Crime Prevention Council Internet Safety for Adults & Children
- Common Sense Media