Keeping Children Safe
The internet is indeed a worldwide web where almost anything we should need or want can be found, but remember – it’s also a web in which children could find themselves in danger
How can I help my children stay safe online?
First think about the possible dangers they face. These include the following:
- So-called ‘drive-by downloads’ (i.e. malicious programs that install on your computer automatically when you view a web page);
- The risk of infection through peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing programs that give others access to your computer;
- Unwanted advertising, including pop-ups and adware programs: these are sometimes installed automatically with freeware programs that are available for download on the Internet;
- Sexually explicit (or other inappropriate) content;
- Being tricked into disclosing personal information (about them or you);
- Downloading pirated material (e.g. music or video files);
- Being targeted by online bullies;
- Being approached (in Internet chat rooms, for example) by paedophiles.
What steps can I take to protect my children?
Children can be just as vulnerable online as they are in the real world and it’s important that you understand the potential dangers. There are things you can do to minimise the chance of them being exposed to these dangers.