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Chapter 15. Parental Controls > Threats to Children

Threats to Children

As we have already discussed, the dangers that children face in their online activities are much the same as what you face. Both legal and illegal threats can compromise their personal information and even cause their computers to be hacked. The security software and measures needed to protect computer and home networks should be applied to any computer that your children use. The problem you face in protecting children is how they use technologies such as chat and e-mail, as well as why they are targets of attack. The technologies that are available to children have opened them up to new threats that they have never been faced with in the past.

E-mail

Kids face e-mail threats through viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spam on a constant basis. Because they are children, these threats can be more powerful. Imagine if your child's e-mail address went onto an adult spam list. Your child would start receiving all sorts of inappropriate e-mails. What if your child's e-mail account got a virus and the virus detection software didn't catch it? Would your child know that the computer was infected when it started acting strange? Even if the virus detection software caught it, would your child know that he should delete or quarantine the e-mail?


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