The internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. They have vast access to information, tools to express their creativity, and can interact with people from all over the world. Yet, along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world, the internet also offers risks:
- Exposure to inappropriate material
- Online predators
- Revealing too much personal information
Learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen potential negative impacts. By acting as a resource, parents and guardians can help make the internet a safer place for their families. As a parent or guardian, you should stay well-informed about current issues to understand what your children are experiencing on and off the internet. If they are social networking, instant messaging, using webcams, or blogging, help them use these tools safely by learning how to use them yourself.
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