Internet Safety is a major concern for most parents. Although, there are mobile applications designed to protect children from inappropriate content, some children still fall victim to cyberbullying, exposure to online pornography, and unwanted sexual solicitations.
The lack of due diligence that due to many reasons parents may have. This could be a lack of time, knowledge and sadly in some cases, a false sense of security (“this would never happen in our family syndrome”). In this era of technology and smart devices, the Internet can be used as a wonderful resource for kids to help them learn and interact with others, but with benefit, there are also risks.
Some specific risks are:
- Sexual Predators – While sexual predators have targeted children in chat rooms, they migrate to wherever young people go online. More predators are now scouring social networking sites on a day to day basis.
- Inappropriate Material Exposure- This may be material that is pornographic, hateful or violent in nature; that encourages activities that are dangerous or illegal, or that is just age-inappropriate or biased.
5 Online Safety Tips
The Internet has become the new “social playground” for both kids and adults. However, it’s also riddled with dangers such as phishing, online grooming, and cyber bullying. Parents can protect their children from these online hazards by teaching them about online safety. MomSecure’s infographic provides 5 basic online safety tips on how to keep children safe while on the Internet.