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Chapter 13. Security and You > Protecting Your Kids Online

Protecting Your Kids Online

One of the wonders of the Internet is the sheer amount of information, software, and graphics that are available. You can research, exchange information, read articles, get pictures, chat with others in real time, and more. However, one of the dangers of the Internet is the type of information you can encounter. Although some organizations offer approval ratings to some sites and refuse approval to others, nobody is out there policing the Internet and removing objectionable content. That's because nobody has legislated a right to censor the content of the Internet. As parents, it's up to you to proactively control what your children can and can't access online.

You can do a few things to help keep your kids safe, and the first thing is to educate them. Rules that you lay down offline, such as not talking to strangers, should pertain online as well. Kids should not respond to email or instant messages from people they don't know. If they see something offensive or somebody continues to attempt to contact them, encourage them to report it to you right away.


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