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The internet, created just over 47 years ago, provides us with so many incredible learning opportunities on a day by day basis that it is hard to imagine a time when we could not go online and obtain information in seconds. However, along with its obvious benefits, the internet also can present a potentially harmful dark side, particularly for children.
Like adults, children are inquisitive, and their inquiring minds can take them far afield into danger. They love gadgets such as smart phones and tablets that provide them with easy rapid- fire responses. Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, school-age children are not in school and completing classes online. Their exposure to the internet has necessarily increased, presenting them with greater opportunity to roam on the internet. One of the many responsibilities parents have for their children is to employ measures designed to keep children safe and free from upsetting or scary information while they are online.
Here are some suggestions to protect your children from harmful sites and information while they are online:
Think about online safety for your children as another extension of the rules you all work within your home. If it is not okay in your home, it is certainly not okay online.