A Parent’s Guide To Internet Safety
This guide provides parents and carers with advice, information and the tools to keep children safe when using the internet, as well as empowering children who use the internet. It considers what children are doing on the internet according to their age, the dangers associated with using the internet and the strategies parents and carers can use to minimise risks.
What is the Internet?
The internet is a global network of linked computers that are able to communicate through telephone lines, cables and satellites. Connecting to the internet enables you to transmit and share information in the form of text, pictures, movies and sound.
What are my children doing on the internet?
Many parents feel that their children know more than they do about using the internet. The following sections explore the kinds of things your child may be accessing on the internet.
What are children aged 2-7 years doing online?
Preschoolers are old enough to begin to explore the internet and to learn about the computer. Children from about five years may start to visit children’s websites with you and enjoy email correspondence with family and friends.
The guide is published by NetAlert, the Australian Government’s online safety program, set up to protect Australian families online. NetAlert is part of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Read more: http://www.netalert.gov.au/