Kids and teenagers love using the internet! And why won't they? The internet is an awesome place aiding them in education, entertainment, and the most trending one social engagement. But do you know who they communicate online? Are you sure your little ones are not surfing any inappropriate content online? While there are several benefits of using the internet, unfortunately, there are many pitfalls of it. This is NYK. We bring you a list of the most common greatest risks that children face online.
1) Inappropriate content
It is no secret that the internet is overloaded with inappropriate content. A few lists of categories that fall under inappropriate content include pornography, obscenities, violence, bad music & more. It is easy for young minds to get engaged with such threatening behavior, and this turns the things in the wrong direction.
Prevention- Set strict boundaries such as no screen time before bed or during meals, or install reliable parental control software that helps control your children's online behaviour.
2) Cyber bullying
Cyber harassment or cyber bullying is an online danger that includes the use of electronic media by the hackers to threaten online users. While, it can happen with all online users, it is pretty common among young kids. It includes sending wrong text messages to someone, posting hateful comments about him or her, or spreading rumours about them online.
Prevention- Don't let your child create a social media account at an early age, but if they do already have one, tell them that they can always talk to you if they are being bullied.
Phishing is a type of online danger where hackers (phishers) use deceptive emails demanding personal and financial details of a person to commit an online crime from the gathered info that results in financial loss and identity theft. Children are the prime target of phishing attacks.
Prevention- Educating your children is the key to prevent such online scam issues, so have open conversations about online dangers with them.
At last, the internet offers us everything from education to entertainment, but protecting your loved ones from online dangers is extremely important.