The Internet and Kids

If you are a parent, you might be wondering whether Internet has good influence on your child. You have probably been growing up without access to the Internet, and children these days have had Internet access since they were very little. One of the things that you can do to understand your child better is to keep yourself informed about what is going on in the virtual world. Visit sites like MySpace to learn what it is about, read technology news, and visit some forums to see what the community is like. Try to monitor what your child is doing online, but do not violate its privacy. If possible, try to participate in some of the online activities with him. Teach your child to never believe everything it reads on the Internet. This will prevent many disappointments in the future, and might reduce the risk of anything bad happening. Overall, the World Wide Web is a wonderful place; however, it is also quite dangerous. This is mostly due to scams and dishonest people, as they are lurking behind every corner. The Internet also contains a lot of offensive materials, and that is why using a family Internet filter may be a good idea for some families. Such filters allow you to block specific category of websites including pornography websites, gambling, and sites that contain alcohol and tabacco references.

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