Internet safety is the newest in the safety issues for our children. Just like so many other concerns parents have, I think it is largely based on inflated incidence of actual tragedies. So much of parenting these days has risen out of paranoia. I know that some awful things do happen to children but it is not the norm and I think parents should stop acting as though it is.
What really scares me about my child online is bullying from her friends/schoolmates or by her. While also rare you do hear about children killing themselves from bullying online, which I think parents are less tuned into. Here is where I will spend my energy in internet safety. Teaching my child not to put anything online she wouldn't want her grandparents to see, to keep arguments and name calling off the computer entirely, and to let us or another adult know if she sees any bullying or other questionable behavior.
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