The Internet is a vast source of information — some good and some bad. If your children learn to use it wisely, they can be safe while using the Internet for all the resources it has to offer. Like an infinite library, the Web can take you to the ends of the earth with the information it contains.
But parents need to be vigilant about the many dangers this access poses for their children. Because kids today are often much more savvy about these new communication techniques than their parents, their knowledge and habits can be intimidating to parents.
Although it is not always easy to know when and how to step in, our children still need us to protect them, set limits and impose rules and consequences in order to keep them safe. Remember that although they often may know more about the technology, they do not always have the judgment to make wise decisions when it comes to use of the internet and all the new communication devices now at their disposal.
Simple surfing and instant messaging with friends are common activities for kids — and generally safe, if you’ve discussed some rules of use with them. Chatting with strangers, however, may be a different story. Although there’s no way to know the actual risk, the FBI cautions that kids whose Internet activity isn’t monitored are most at risk for being exploited.
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Source: The Center For Parenting Education