Today’s children (and their parents) face a number of challenges that are very different from earlier generations. Children now have access to many online sources of information, socialization and entertainment. With sites such as You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet web sites, people, young and old, can interact with each other easier than ever, from anywhere in the world.
It is not uncommon for children as young as 5 to be exposed to the internet, and as they grow up, they’ll continue to surf the web, watch online videos, play online games and communicate with others via social media or other apps.
The internet can be a great place for both entertainment and communication, but it is not without potential risk, as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, child exploitation and more have become more prominent.
There a number of useful online resources available to help you better understand the possible risks and protect your children.
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Advice for parents
Online safety basics