by Dan Karas
The Internet is often looked at as a pool of fun, where it is possible to have a great time at all times. Each and every day there are millions of photos and videos posted online, and a great deal of this material is very amusing, interesting and in a great number of cases very funny. On the other hand, the Internet also contains a lot of content that is neither funny nor amusing. People who have small children are concerned about this, as it is their goal to keep their children safe in regard to the Internet. Nowadays, children start using their computers and the Internet as soon as they learn to write and read, and parents have been given a very difficult role – they need to ensure their kids’ security on the Internet.
The fact that kids are learning to embrace new technology from the earliest age is very beneficial for them, as it helps them develop strong research and typing skills, among other things. This is the good side of the Internet, but as with everything else there is also a negative side to this. Namely, there is a lot of information on the Internet that isn’t appropriate for kids. Moreover, the dangers are lurking from many corners of the cyber world. This is an essential piece of information every parent should bear in mind, as kids don’t know who they shouldn’t speak to, which personal information they shouldn’t give away and so many other things that can endanger their safety on the Internet. Therefore, parents should do everything to protect their children from these dangers, and give them a safe environment where they can enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
Before reading any further, it needs to be noted that kids are not the only ones who are exposed to all the dangers that come with using the Internet. Adults can also be victims of various Internet frauds and schemes, which is why they too need to pay attention to validity and reputation of the websites they use. It is not only safety that people ought to pay attention to, but also their own privacy. Some social networking websites for example, can expose some very personal information about yourself, and this is why it is important to try to make your web experience both secure and private.
When it comes to kids’ safety online, there are laws that are meant to protect kids’ rights and ensure they are safe while browsing Internet pages. What this means is that kids are not obligated to give any information that is strictly personal, or at least not without their parents’ permission. This law is in most cases very helpful and in most cases quite efficient in keeping a child safe online. However, it isn’t just the law that is supposed to ensure any kid can safely browse the World Wide Web. Parents should also be very cautious about which website pages their kids have visited, and warn them about the dangers that come with using the Internet.