Can Children Be Trusted on the Internet

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“Can Children be Trusted on the Internet?” Have you ever seen the television show on NBC Dateline “To Catch a Predator”? Well if you haven’t, Chris Hansen, the host of the show, has a set up to catch predators online who are trying to meet younger children. The purpose of this show is to raise awareness to parents that child predators are out there. With the help of chat room and sites like Facebook it is becoming easier and easier for these people to lure in children. On the show “To Catch a Predator” the predators that fall for the bait are arrested. This is just one of the reasons why parents are becoming more worried for their children to be using the Internet. Television shows like “To Catch a Predator” have parents asking themselves, is the internet safe for my children? The internet can be very dangerous, but there are ways for parents to better insure their child’s safety while online. One great way to start protecting your children is to have a computer in a high traffic area in the house where children can be observed. Children need to be safe at all times while using the Internet. By having a computer in a traffic area children are less likely to get on to sites they aren’t allowed. Parents are able to discretely walk by to monitor what their kids are doing online instead of checking in. Teens typically feel like they are able to handle themselves when it comes to internet safety. If an adult is obviously checking in on them they will become annoyed. They can also ask for help and someone will be around to help. For example, my brother and his wife have a computer in their living room, because that’s where they spend most of their time. They also have it in the living room so they can keep an eye on their oldest son. It’s not bad to have a computer in a high traffic area; it’s actually a great way for parents to always be aware of what their children
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