We have to admit that along with valuable knowledge, junk can be found on the Internet in great quantities.
Unfortunately, the Internet is also a dangerous place. Predators and malicious individuals infest it. Many of them target children, who are more vulnerable to wily means than their parents.
As a Filipino magician, I worry a lot about my children’s safety online, perhaps more than any parents who don’t have my paranoid mind do. If, like me, you are in constant anguish over the children’s surfing habits, you may find CNET.com’s “Top 5 Internet Dangers for Kids” a helpful guide for protecting children from Internet dangers. Identity thief, inappropriate content, cyber bullying, malicious software and online predators are the top of the list of dangers the kids are exposed to every time they are online.
Another important resource that I stumbled upon is the brochure titled Child Safety on the Information Highway. Written by syndicated columnist and broadcaster Larry Magid, the brochure is published by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. It provides parents with Internet safety information and tips for staying safer online. At the end of the brochure is a tearable portion that parents can keep near the PC monitor to constantly remind their children of the rules to follow while surfing the Net.
Though the brochure is addressed to US parents, it contains invaluable information that parents from other places in the world can use. Here’s a link to the brochure. It’s in PDF format that you can download to your PC.
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