Now that school has started, children of all ages will be on the Internet. While it can be a wonderful resource, that access also poses hazards.
Some children as young as 5-years-old are quite capable of searching the Net. What may begin as an innocent search for Legos can very quickly result in a focus on legs with just one missed keystroke. The slew of websites with a focus on legs may very well include some that contain pornographic material.
This is the first of a series of articles about the importance of parents being aware of what their kids see and hear on the Internet, who they may meet in chat rooms, and what information they share about themselves online. Unfortunately, everyone trying to communicate with your child is as innocent as they may first seem.
This first article will provide a list of simple rules you would do well to set for your children while they’re using the Internet. These rules should be non-negotiable, and, if not followed, your child should lose their Internet privileges for a period of time. You may want to make a copy of these rules and keep them by your computer as reminders for you and your child.