There are many places your child can go on the Internet that will help them learn new things or help them finish their homework assignments. Even though the Internet can provide much helpful information for children, however, there are still many places that may be harmful to them.

Every day, children are spending more and more time on computers or on phones that connect to the Internet. Following are just some of the reasons why this is a problem:

  • Private information on the Internet can be misused by other people.
  • Some of what your child reads on the Internet is not correct and might confuse them.
  • There are many sites on the Internet that have pictures or information that is not good for children or teens to look at.
  • Sometimes people use the Internet to bully or scare children.
  • Sometimes people pretend to be somebody else on the Internet.
  • The time that your children spend on computers could be better spent on exercising, reading or playing with other children.

Following are some suggestions of what parents should do to counteract these problems:

  • Learn how to use the Internet yourself.
  • Keep the computer where you can watch your children using it.
  • Make sure your children are only visiting places that you say are all right to visit.
  • Learn how to check to see what your child has done while they were on the Internet.
  • Make sure your child knows that they should never meet up with someone they talk to on the Internet.
  • Teach your child that he should never give out personal information about them, their family, or where they live, on the Internet.
  • Teach your child that if they are scared about something they see on the Internet, they should talk to you (or another grownup) about it.