The risks of Internet use
The Internet can be a wonderful
resource for the family. It can be used to research school
reports, communicate with teachers, communicate with other family
members, business needs, and many other edifying options like
listening to preaching. :) Children who are old enough
to punch in a few letters on the keyboard can literally access the
But that access can also pose hazards.
For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego."
But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered
instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with
a focus on legs, some of which may contain pornographic material.
That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and
hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about
themselves online. Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk
with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to
protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.
A federal law, the Children's Online
Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids
online. It's designed to keep anyone from obtaining a child's
personal information without a parent knowing about it and
agreeing to it first.
COPPA requires websites to explain their
privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before
collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a
name, address, phone number, or Social Security number. The law
also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more
personal information than necessary to play a game or participate
in a contest.
Call the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you're aware of the
transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact
your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has
received child pornography via the Internet.
But even with this law,
your kids' best online protection is
you. By talking to them about
potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you'll
help them surf the Internet safely.
We suggest that
anyone that accesses the Internet
should utilize filtering software
to prevent access to inappropriate content (accidental or
intentional by others). The use of filtering can block many types
of content such as pornography or other sexual content from being
accessed from your computer. ( Psalms 101:2 )
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