The Internet is the Information Superhighway. However, it is also the Online Predator Autobahn, the Porn Parkway, and the Exploitation Expressway. Children and teenagers are more connected to technology and the Internet as a part of their daily lives than any previous generation.
There are many benefits, as well as concerns and potential problems that accompany this fact. Internet access can give children an academic edge, help them explore their interests, and stay connected with friends and family. The Internet can also be a dangerous place and if not properly supervised children can be exposed to inappropriate material and even become victims of online predators.
As a technology enthusiast and an advocate for parents and kids, I am increasingly interested in helping families keep their kids safe while using the Internet. This is one of the most important challenges that parents face today. I believe that with proper precautions and supervision your whole family can enjoy the benefits of the Internet. As always, an involved, informed and caring parent is the best ingredient for a healthy child or teenager.
1. Learn how to use the technology
2. Educate your children about the legitimate dangers
3. Set clear rules and limits
4. Create new family habits
5. Use the technology yourself (to spy on your kids)
6. Stay Alert and lovingly monitor your kids often
7. Sign an internet safety contract with your kids