While the Internet may be just about the greatest invention of all time (yes, that is open to debate), it also has a darker side. While adults can dip their toe into the murkier waters as they see fit, or choose to ignore the existence of that grimy underbelly altogether, things are a little tougher for children.
There are various things parents need to be aware of if they’re going to allow their children access to the Web – adult websites, bullying, piracy, privacy, and inappropriate conversations, to name just a handful. It’s up to each individual family as to how serious they take these threats and how they deal with these dangers – if they deal with them at all.
This Week’s Question…
What Steps Do You Take To Protect Your Children Online?
Parents have various options for protecting their children online, from the very basic and unobtrusive, to the complex and creepy. Inspired by Ryan’s recent review of Care4Teen, a program that monitors all online activity on a PC, I’d like to know what steps you personally take to protect your children online. If indeed you take any precautions.
If you haven’t got kids then you can still weigh in with your views on the right and wrong ways to deal with this issue. Or you can tell us what steps you foresee yourself taking if and when you do start a family.
There are also wider issues that can be discussed, such as whether children should be allowed to hold accounts on social networking sites or own webcams. Or whether you think the dangers we suppose are lurking online for anyone under a certain age are overblown by our scaremongering media.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, having their name put up in lights for all to marvel over. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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