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Keeping Kids Safe Online

Posted By : John | Friday, 15 June 2012 | views(120)

Adults have a responsibility to help children learn about, interpret and understand their world.  It's a pretty basic concept, but how do we as adults help kids understand their world when we aren't completely aware of the threats and benefits of things like the internet?  Today's technology tip is all about helping adults educate themselves about the internet so they can help kids stay safe online.

Like any new technology the internet is full of potentially good outcomes but it comes with plenty of potentially negative outcomes.  This has always been true of any new technology.  Try to remember that the technology itself isn't good or bad, its how we choose to use it that's good or bad.

First, some of the good stuff we can get from the internet:

    Improved communications via email, instant messaging, internet phones and video.
    Data storage and sharing across the world
    The potential of networking ideas and knowledge without boundaries
    The democratization of information

Then some of the bad stuff:

    Internet crime such as online scams
    Misuse of information for negative results
    Character attacks and "cyber-bullying"
    Exploitation of children and child predators

Tags: instant messaging, internet phones,keeping kids safe