We are more than used to our children using the Internet at any time and at any age. As parents we have the responsibility to know how to handle the Internet well so that our children have a good guide in its use. We all know how important it is to know about child safety on the Internet to protect our children, but it is also essential to listen if your child has problems online and to know the dangers that may exist.
There are many reasons why Internet use can be dangerous for children and adolescents. Next I want to talk to you about it so that you are aware and in this way, you can be alert about the possible problems that the Internet may cause your children.
False identities they are very easy to create, so making new friends online is easy, but it is very different from doing it in person. You can’t see who’s on the other side of the screen and it could be someone lying.
The Internet makes it easier for anyone to access people from anywhere in the world. world. For example, if your child is using websites or social networks, they may be asked to be older than a certain age and may lie in order to access and view the content. Another example is someone lying about their identity in order to chat with children and adolescents for sexual purposes, as pedophiles do.
Internet predators They have an easy time having false identities online. Many times, people who lie about their age are Internet predators and always come with ulterior motives. These predators usually aim to approach children and adolescents. Unfortunately, many children and adolescents don’t realize the other person is a predator until it’s too late, such as when they try to approach their children or contact them in person.
There are many sites online
There are many websites that exist on the Internet and it is necessary to teach them the good and the bad that can be online. This is why parents should spend some time to investigate and also to have parental control on the electronic devices that their children access. Having so many websites to choose from can be dangerous. Your child may access websites, social networks, adult chat rooms, pornographic websites, or websites of a violent nature. This is why online control is so important.
Information is not private
Not all information is private. Unfortunately, many people, including children and parents, don’t realize that information posted online isn’t always private. For starters, most teens have their profiles on Facebook, and in many cases they are public rather than private. This means that anyone can see it, which is why it is so important to talk to children about Internet privacy.
What is posted on the Internet stays on the network even if they pass years and even if the content on the original page has been deleted, for this reason it is so important to keep a good eye on what is posted on the Internet or on social networks. It is very important to make children aware of this so that they are prudent.
Children have control
When children use the Internet they are having control over what they do, but on many occasions they don’t know how to handle it. Even if you think your teenager is mature, you never know. You can ask your son not to talk to strangers, you can ask him not to share her phone number or share photos with strangers… but this does not mean that he always follows the rules. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to control the use of the Internet by our children.