The World Wide Web can be a wonderful resource for children and young adults, providing a platform for them to explore the world around them, learn in interactive ways, stay in touch with their peers, and have a lot of fun.
However, as we know, the internet has a ‘dark side’ of danger, crime, pornography and other content that can be harmful or is simply or appropriate for our children (or for anyone, for that matter).
According to Internet World Stats, there are 3,731,973,423 internet users worldwide (almost 50% of the entire world’s population); and there are over 1 billion websites. With these kinds of numbers, it’s impossible for all users and sites to have good intentions.
In this section of the website, we’ll uncover how to identify the safe resources for your child’s internet activity, including film, health, online gaming, sport, and the world in general.
There are also a number of tools that parents can use to encourage safe internet usage, such as web rating systems, safe searching settings, monitoring software and time-limiting software.
Armed with the knowledge of how to identify sites that are safe, and how to prevent access to unsafe sites, you can feel more confident that your child is using the internet for positive interactions and learning.