The Need to Protect Your Kids Online
Keep in mind that careless internet wandering by child or the adult is really dangerous. You probably have heard about those news of people who meet online and they have actual encounters with scary or even deadly 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. However, you need to know that there are other dangers such as your kids becoming exposed to explicit pornography, violent images, extremist web pages, identity theft, gore, sexual solicitation or getting distracted from their homework or other important things to do.
The internet is really a great resource which puts a lot of important knowledge in your fingertips. The internet is able to keep those family and friends in touch and provides education and entertainment. Each day, there are lots of services and information that also 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 hazards that you must think of prior to speaking with your kids and set limitations and rules in internet use.
Know that pornography is readily available on the internet. 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. If the parents would visit these sites, cookies and those temporary files on the internet and other data get saved in the computer and such would make it much easier for kids to reach these 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.
Also, you have to know about predation which is also a common danger for the kids who go online. 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. Gradually, they start the process of isolating the child, entice them to challenge the boundaries and then manipulate their self-esteem and slowly increase the conversation to those 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.