Internet safety for kids has become an important issue, with more and more kids going online for searching information, or interacting with friends. Internet surely brings the world into your room with a click of the mouse as the cliché goes but it is not the world, which is always a hundred per cent beautiful and desirable, but it is also the one, which has warts and its seamy side.
I will discuss a few points about Internet, which is important from a child’s point of view.
Schools these days expect children to do research work on given topics in very early classes. When children begin to surf the net, they end up having a huge information overload. They are unable to sort out what is needed from the unwanted material, the chaff from the grains so to say. Therefore, they end up compiling irrelevant matter they hardly understand. Many a times information obtained is inaccurate. All this can be very frustrating to the child. It is advisable for the parents to oversee the work done by the child and help him do productive work that the child himself appreciates.
Internet can be very hazardous to a child, who does not know how to set limits for himself. Children can access pornographic sites, which can damage the sensibilities of a child. There are many sites, which deliver pornographic material in the guise of providing subject matter, or file downloads. Viewing such undesirable matter can have long term impact .It can affect the adult life of the child negatively. So what can the parents do?
I have put together a few preventive actions that can be taken for Internet safety for kids -