Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace
BRIDGING THE TECHNOGENERATION
| "Donna Rice Hughes has been on the forefront of the battle
to make the Internet safe for our children. This book will be a valuable
resource for parents as they struggle to raise children in a digital
Senator Daniel Coats
What is the Internet, and why is it important to my child .
. . and me?
Where did the Internet come from?
What are the benefits and risks of going online?
Bridging the Technogeneration Gap
Our children typically know far more than we do about this new technology.
While we're still trying to figure out how to set that annoying clock
on our VCR, our children are clicking their way to exciting new worlds
that didn't even exist when we were their age. In addition, many of
our computer-literate children have been exposed already to the benefits--and
the dangers--of the Internet. How do we begin to bridge this gap so
that we will be able to help our kids get ready for the Digital Communication
Age of the next century? The challenge for involvement in these new
global media may seem more difficult than any other we've faced before
as parents, but many of the tools for responding to this challenge
can be found in the chapters of this book. Let's face the challenge
The New Digital Age
An Internet History Lesson
Some Benefits of Getting Online
Some Risks of Getting Online
- Educational Opportunities
- Reading Skills
Similar to the print and film industries, the technology of the Internet
is neutral in and of itself. However, you and your child may discover
some unsafe individuals, harmful content, and illegal activities in
the Internet community.
- Distribution of Pornography
- Sexual Predators
- Misinformation and Hidden Messages
- Loss of Privacy
- Unscrupulous Vendors
- Development of Childhood Behavior Disorders
You can implement responsible safeguards, ensuring that your children
will have safe, educational, and entertaining online experiences.
Educate yourself about cyberspace. Raise your awareness of the benefits
as well as the risks of going online. Take advantage of the safety
tips and information on software tools and technology in these pages.
Just by reading Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace,
you have accepted the challenge of making your child's trek in cyberspace
a safe experience.
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