Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Teaching Children Internet Safety

Guest post written by Kevin Hartman.

There are many reasons that a child should be introduced to the internet. Internet use can help him or her learn many interesting facts when used properly. A child can look at websites that can help them with their homework, including book reports and other writing papers. Furthermore, children may learn ideas for art or science projects, as well as other important information. Also, the internet is a great way for your child to keep updated on the news and current events going on in the world around them.

When my daughter was 8, I decided that it was okay for her to begin to explore the internet, using our hughesnet internet. 7 or 8 is a good age; your child probably knows how to read and comprehend information clearly at this time. She had a project for school to find and print off different materials. I taught her how to log on by clicking the internet explorer button, and how to properly pull up a search engine page such as Google, or Yahoo. In addition, she learned how to search the keyword that she was looking for. After hours of exciting internet usage, her project was a success. I now have a very enthusiastic third grader, who cannot wait for her next school project.

I feel it is extremely important for parents to monitor their children while on hughesnet deals, however. An unmonitored child may be a dream for a predator. The websites that you choose for you child to view should all be safe and trusted sites. There are blocks you can put on your computer to assist you with this matter. Just as you wouldn't throw your child out in the real world alone; the internet could have the same effect if the child is not closely monitored.

The internet is a perfect learning tool for children of all ages providing they have proper parental supervision. My child has learned so much from the internet with my help. I highly recommend the introduction of the internet for your child as well.

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  1. The bottom line is that if parents REALLY want to keep their kids safe online, they need to know what they are doing on the computer, and what is happening in their online lives. Blocks and filters are easy to get around, and talking alone will get you nowhere… (if you think your kids are going to tell you, honestly, everything they are doing online – you are only kidding yourself). Education is a great thing, and very necessary, but how can you consider yourself educated if you don’t know the simplest information – like what your kids are really doing on the Internet to begin with. If you have monitoring software, like our PC Pandora (, you will know everything they do and will be able to talk to them about it. If you aren’t monitoring and don’t know what they are really doing, how can you be sure they are safe? It’s not an issue of privacy (I have no idea where and when kids were granted endless privacy because they exist – in my day privacy was earned through trust and an established good behavior record), nor is it an issue of trust – it’s called being a 21st century parent. If you don’t know what your kids are doing online, you aren’t doing your job as a parent. If you aren’t monitoring what your kids do online and watch them, someone else will…

  2. Good information, this is a good guest post. Kids should always be monitored while online, it is a very dangerous in cyberspace.

    As my stepdaughter got older we still kept a close eye on the sites she visited.

  3. It is dangerous out there for children and a parent's responsibility to monitor their children online. An informative and important post.

  4. This is a great guest post. It is important for parents to monitor children while they are on the computer. There are a lot of strange people out there who put sick things on the Internet. There are also a lot of people who use the Internet to attract children.

  5. i believe that kids should take advantage of the importance of the internet and it's benefits however, as parent or adult we should be there to guide them to protect them from harm and to keep them safe. Great post from your guest.

  6. It is very good to keep an eye on kids with internet because od all the bad sites they can see, that's part of the parenting which should never be taken forgranted


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