Raising Kids

Internet 101 for Parents

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What It Is:
Surfing the internet is amazing, you can find anything you want in real time, from sports information to news and entertainment. But with all this comes a darker side, adult content.

Who is on it?:
Most Americans have access to the net.

Would My Child Want It?:
Because kids nowadays don’t know what life is like with a connection to the Internet.

Where Can It Be Used?:
The internet is everywhere: on your computer, smartphone, smartTV or any SmartEnabled Device.

What Should I Watch Out For?:
With all the greatness of the internet, it’s also has a pretty dark side, porn and adult content being probably the biggest things to stay away from. Also cyber bulling, chatrooms and all forms all illicit content can be found on the internet.

What Are The Positives?: 

Safe social networking websites.

Up-to-the-second news.

Great research tool.

Plenty of information about normal, safe topics can be found and received well if properly set up from the start.

What Are The Negatives?:

  • Pornography
  • Illicit content
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Chat rooms
  • Violent content
  • Hate speech

You can find yourself in a dark place real fast on the net if you’re not careful.

What We Think:
Overall it can be a safe place for your children if you set them up for success. We recommend you get a filter (we use X3watch) to help block websites that are not totally safe. Also make good use of this site to be an informed parent and stay involved; as the internet changes, so should your concerns.

This article was originally published here and is used with permission.

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