The Need to Protect Your Kids Online
It is really dangerous to carelessly wander on the internet, whether an adult or a child. On the news, you will hear stories about those individuals who meet online and have such real life encounters with deadly or scary results. This is one extreme situation and most of the kids are really cautious enough to know that they must not meet with the strangers. But, you should be aware that there are other dangers like your kids getting exposed to violent images, explicit pornography, gore, sexual solicitation, extremist web pages, malicious content, identity theft or just distraction from what they must be doing such as their homework.
Surely, the internet is one great resource which puts volumes of valuable knowledge on your fingertips. The internet would help keep family and friends in touch and offers education as well as entertainment. Everyday, more information and services go online. Because of this, web safety is quite important to make sure and this is something which parents need to address. In order to create internet guidelines for the kids who use the internet, you should be aware of the dangers first. Here are the dangers that you must know about before you would speak with your kids and set those rules when it comes to the use of the computer and the internet.
You should be aware that pornography is readily available online. Not only with those paid sources but also the pop-ups, file sharing and the search engines. There are many sites which people would land on accidentally but with such misspelled search words or by expired domain names. When the parents are going to visit such sites, the cookies as well as temporary internet files and other kinds of data get saved into the computer and this would make it a lot easier for the kids to reach such sites. The teens as well as the preteens can even look for such sites out of their curiosity and they would end up watching the explicit and at times degrading or those violent sexual images or video.
Another common danger for those kids who go online is predation. Sexual predators would look for those probable sexual contact or exploitation through using the internet. Usually, they would create a user profile that would hide who they truly are and they are going to start that casual chat conversations to get the trust of the kids. They would then start isolating the child and make them challenge their boundaries and they also manipulate their self-esteem and they would then talk about sexual topics. They are going to share some pornographic materials to the child as well or they may send some stuffs to the child’s home.