It is really dangerous to carelessly wander on the internet, whether an adult or a child. You probably have heard about those news of people who meet online and they have actual encounters with scary or even deadly results. This is such an extreme situation and many of the kids out there are quite cautious enough that they must meet with people they don’t know. However, you must know that there are other dangerous like the kids getting exposed to pornography, violent images, extremist web pages, the sexual solicitation, identity theft, malicious content or distraction from their important activities such as doing their homework.
Surely, the internet is one great resource which puts volumes of valuable knowledge on your fingertips. The internet would help keep family and friends in touch and offers education as well as entertainment. Everyday, more information and services go online. Due to this, web safety is one important thing to ensure and such is something that parents must address. In order to create internet guidelines for the kids who use the internet, you should be aware of the dangers first. Here are the dangers that you must know about before you would speak with your kids and set those rules when it comes to the use of the computer and the internet.
You should be aware that pornography is readily available online. Not only with such paid sources but the pop-ups, the file sharing as well as search engines. There are many sites which people would land on accidentally but with such misspelled search words or by expired domain names. When the parents are going to visit such sites, the cookies as well as temporary internet files and other kinds of data get saved into the computer and this would make it a lot easier for the kids to reach such sites. Those teens and preteens may look for such sites because of getting curious and they would end up watching those videos or images which they must not be looking at.
Also, you have to know about predation which is also a common danger for the kids who go online. The sexual predators are going to look for the probable sexual contact or exploitation by the use of the internet. Often, they are going to create such user profile that would hide who they are and they would start such casual chat conversations to get the kids’ trust. Then they would isolate the child and attract them to challenge their boundaries and then manipulate their self-esteem and chat more and talk about the sexual topics. Also, they would share some pornographic materials to the child or send some items to the child’s home.