The web is a powerful tool, in the old days a person would have to visit a library to do most research or locate information about a specific topic. With a computer and the net now in homes that information is now just a click away.
The internet can also be a dangerous place. Viruses can be mass produced and spread around the globe, especially to countries with low computer security. It can be used to gain access to banking knowledge taking money from the owner. It can be a source of activity that is not appropriate for young people such as lewd acts, pornography, crime and cursing.
The internet is not a good place for children to be snooping around in. It is a good idea for parents to teach their children about the dangers of the internet. A child that happens upon a website that is not appropriate may have their life’s changed forever.
By teaching children properly you are ensuring the safety of the entire family as well as their own. Any information that a child shares over the internet can endanger the entire family. Teach your children never to give out personal information, even it is just a name, a location, or even a phone number.
Teach your children never to give out passwords to anyone, even close friends. Having a password makes it much easier for criminals to get what they want without the risk of getting caught. A close friend might have a slip of the tongue and give out the password to the wrong person.
Cursing and other rude behavior should not be tolerated over the internet. Obviously anything that is put out on the internet is out there forever. You never know if the person that the ill feelings are directed at may be a computer whiz, and you may become the object of ill will which could endanger your data and computer.
Allow your children to have fun at the same time restricting them. Allowing them to have total freedom on the internet will usually result in trouble as they are mostly innocent and unsuspecting of those who seek to prey on children.
Place security restrictions on the internet browser. The computer should be placed in a common area, not in the child’s private room. You will need to check in on the child from time to time, for their own protection.