So what are the dangers?
The Internet is like bringing a city into your living room: there are the exciting places for children to go and enjoy but also lots of places where you wouldn’t want your children to go unsupervised! The main dangers for children can be grouped into:
- Potential CONTACT – from someone online who may wish to harm them. Children must re-learn the “stranger danger” rule in a new context and never give out personal details or meet alone with anyone they’ve contacted via the Internet.
- Inappropriate CONTENT – keep an eye on the material your children are looking at and agree the ground rules about where your children go and how they behave.
- Excessive COMMERCIALISM and advertising which invades your child’s privacy. Encourage your children not to fill out forms which ask for lots of personal details.