For the most part, the Internet is a rewarding place for both kids and teens, but the potential risks to their privacy and personal safety are real. While surfing the Web, your children may stumble upon disturbing information or images, or they may innocently accept or share files that could expose your family to Internet thieves or computer viruses. They may encounter cyberbullies who try to embarrass or intimidate them. Even worse, your children may unknowingly communicate with child predators, who use the Internet to befriend vulnerable children by pretending to be another child or a trustworthy adult and then try to persuade them to meet in person.
Social-networking sites are beginning to add additional safeguards for young users. Security software also offers some protection. But being aware of the risks and engaging with your children about safety are the most important things you can do to keep your family safer online. See the links and resources below for information from the AAP and other organizations that specialize in keeping children and adolescents safer online.
Kids Safe in Cyberspace
Internet and Your Family
Education policy statement
Media Time Family Pledge
Growing Up Online
Common Sense Media
Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Safety is No Game. Is Your Family Set? Make a PACT Today!
for Media and Child Health
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