The world wide web equals access to the world. It also means the world has access to you. And your kids. Yet children online can be sitting “safely” in your living room, so why worry about them? A new study conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that parents may be turning a blind eye to their children’s internet use. For instance, parents estimate that their children spend 2 hours a week on the internet, but children report spending 10 times that (20 hours).
Two helpful pointers for parents:
- Move the computer into a part of the house that is easily monitored,
- and ask your child to show you his or her favorite sites.
Being involved will equip you to step in as a parent should any unsafe situations arise.