To say that the internet has become a part of many people’s daily life would be an understatement. Many people spend time online every day for varied reasons including children who are often quick to learn their way around it. Whether it is for homework or entertainment or everything else in between, the internet has become a go-to place for many kids.
But just how safe is the internet? Not as much as most people would likely think. Adults and children alike are vulnerable to online threats, many of which they may be unaware of. There are several ways internet users, especially children may be put at risk. Without proper adult supervision and safety measures in place, children are exposed to the dangers that lurk on the internet that even adults face.
Saying that the internet can be a dangerous place is not meant to scare people away from it. Rather, the idea is for users to be aware of the potential risks and find ways to protect themselves. More importantly, it is to promote the need to educate children about online safety and the security measures parents and other adults around them can use to ensure that they are protected.
Teaching kids about the do’s and don’ts when online is a great way to prepare them to become more responsible digital users. There are internet safety games designed for kids that can make about keeping safe online more fun and engaging. Parents and school administrators can also set some guidelines on usage as well as install internet safety software that can protect kids from malware and prevent them from visiting malicious sites.