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21 thoughts on “7 Dangers of the Internet for Kids

  1. Thank you for your interesting statistics! today there are so many dangers awaiting for kids. So parents should be very attantive to them

  2. Why didn’t you mention that this can be easily monitored with parental control apps? I understand that you are making focus on YouTube videos but cyberbullying, sexting and contacts with online predators can be avoided if you install couple of apps. There are those that work on PC like cleanrouter or pumpic app for smartphones. This will take you less than an hour to search for the one that you like, really …

  3. Hi, I’m doing a speech on why the internet does more harm than good to youths, and I wanted to use the statistic I read in your article, “83% of victims who met their offender face-to-face willingly went somewhere with them.” , but I was wondering if I could know where you got the stat? It would definitely be helpful to have a source to back it up for my speech :)

  4. You’re right! There is tons of amazing content on YouTube. Just be careful – anything that allows humans to upload whatever they want will always have inappropriate content if you look. Just be careful, and try to use YouTube on “strict” filtering (in the app settings) as often as possible just to avoid bumping into weird stuff.

    Be well!
    Chris

  5. One of the attractions of the Internet is the anonymity of the user, and this is why it can be so dangerous. A child doesn’t always know with whom he or she is interacting. Children may think they know, but unless it’s a school friend or a relative, they really can’t be sure. Often we think of pedophiles as having access to children out on the playground and other places, but because of the way the Internet works, children can actually be interacting on their home computers with adults who pretend to be children. As parents, we have a responsibility to monitor our children’s use of the Internet. To do that, we need to be aware of practical and helpful resources, safety tips, and technological solutions that guard against online risks. I have been using a parental control app called Familoop Safeguard for Android devices-App store, which I have found to be a wonderful app to monitor your child’s online activity on Android and iOS devices. On iOS devices, it can filter out age-inappropriate websites and apps, monitor kid’s online activity, review new photos in Camera Roll and contacts, track your child’s location, check screen time and set time-out mode. On Android devices the app has the same features as iOS, plus it allows monitoring of text messages and calls, highlights dangerous words on texting and the most frequent contacts..

  6. I got in trouble for looking a porn and i jest cant stop. If any of you have any info for helping me to no look at this stuff plz tell me and i will tr to use your advise.

  7. Dear Parents
    If you want to ¨fix¨ the problem, here´s a few suggestions:
    1. It is impossible to Google porn if you have an accurate Google account and you are under age, which also blocks ¨unsavory” content on other websites including YouTube.
    2. Teach your kid a conscience come on now. If you educate them properly on drug abuse and other topics of the sort they´re less likely to do things like that.
    3. But it´s also important that you don´t over-police them on it. If you constantly make huge speeches on all those things, they´ll disobey and do them anyway. Instead, try teaching them casually or suggest that they get some friends together to go to a drug ed class (and whatever the parallel is for the rest of the stuff).
    4. Stranger danger. Duh. Be interested in their internet friends, ask about them, treat them as if they go to school with your child. Then, if the child wishes to meet them, go with them. Bam, problem solved.
    5. Help them understand what you´re thinking. If you simply sit down with them and talk it out calmly, you´re more likely to get through to them and have them agree with you. Even if they´re five, it´s a good tactic.
    6. Don´t be too judgmental or harsh if they do something you don´t like. They probably have a very good reason for it (whether they´ll tell you or not) or maybe you didn´t make that expectation clear to them. Just take a second in their shoes before you get too angry.

    Thanks for reading all that, I hope it helps.

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