Animation, games, music, videos, research media, news… pornography, predators, and crime; this is just a small range of topics our kids are exposed to while they are surfing the Internet. Obviously, using the net is a great tool for education. But how do we protect our children from the dangers on the Internet? It is a challenging task!
I was reading an article on eSchool.com: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7391, which was about informing kids of the positive and negative effects of using the Internet. It made me think of the things I’m doing to protect my family. So, I quickly jumped onto Google, and started to do some research. While visiting Protect Kids: http://www.protectkids.com/, there were security software programs that have “filters” which control what your children can, and cannot see while they are on the Internet. These programs make parents the Internet gatekeepers.
Now, you may be an experienced surfer who is aware of this information, but I bet there are some people who do not know about Internet protection guidelines.
Here are two helpful websites:
ü The Get Wise Organization teaches how to protect your children from pornography, predators, and other dangers on the net: http://www.getnetwise.org/
ü On the Safe Families page: http://www.safefamilies.org/, there are many tutorials, safety news resources, FREE filtering programs, and parenting safety manuals… that can be immediately. It’s a good site.
What are you doing to protect your kids from the dangers on the Internet? Please let me know of other sites and resources.