Five Threats To Internet Safety for Kids
As a parent, keeping your child safe is a high priority. However, many parents don’t realise what threats there are online, and therefore children can become vulnerable. Here are five treats to internet safety for kids, which all parents should be aware of:
- Risk of committing a crime
Children can easily infringe copyright when online, for example by illegally downloading music and films. Other ways that children can commit a crime include copying other peoples homework, or adding pictures to their projects that are protected.
- Inappropriate instructional websites
For example, a simple homework task could accidentally give your child access to one of many ‘how-to’ website with details on how to construct bombs, conceal anorexia or how to make and take illegal drugs.
- Cyber bullying
Online bullying may be a pretty new issue, but it is no less of a threat. With children now using email, social networking sites, chat-rooms and forums, there are more opportunities for bullies to attack with cruel messages and treats.
- Malware via infected links and downloads
It can be pretty easy for children to unknowingly download malicious software with their downloaded content such as videos. The malware can then unleash Trojan programs which can give hackers free reign over your computer.
- Scam email or offers on a website
Even adults can find it hard to tell if an email or offer on a website is real, or a scam, so just imagine how hard it can be for children. Scams that involve buying products can result in a lot of lost money for example because they can give people access to credit card details.
The internet is a great thing, and it is a great place for children to learn. As a result, children should be encouraged to get online and explore. However, it is important that parents are aware of the dangers and threats that there are online because being aware of threats to internet safety, such as the 5 discussed here, you can ensure that your child, and your details are safe when online.