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Internet Threats to Children -
How they can be Prevented

The internet is playing a more important role in the life of everyone, including children.
Unfortunately, as well as the positives, there are certain potential threats to children when they are online.
So, what are these threats and how can they be prevented?

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Internet Threats to Children - How they can be Prevented


This is probably the threat that parents worry about most. Although relatively rare, there are instances of adults using social networking websites or chat rooms to attempt to become friends with children, claiming to be the same age as these children. It is often relatively simple to set up a fake profile. These adults may then eventually try to meet up with the child they have become friendly with.

How Can This Be Prevented?

Without banning your children from using these websites it is not easy to prevent the initial contact being made. It is important, therefore, to make sure your children are aware of the dangers so they can spot the signs if they appear. You should make sure your children know that they can talk to you if they have any worries about such things, so at least you can then work at solving any problems. It is a good idea to encourage your children to only interact with people online who they know personally, such as school friends. And there is one thing you need to make sure of - that they never arrange to meet someone they have met online.


There is a lot of online content that is not appropriate for children to view. This is often easy for them to find if they want to, and even if they are not looking for it specifically they can stumble across such content.

How Can This Be Prevented?

There is parental control software available that parents can use to block certain types of websites. Using this, specific websites can be chosen that are then blocked or options can be chosen that will block certain types of websites. There are also child friendly browsers available. These will automatically block any websites that are not deemed appropriate for children. You may also want to keep an eye on your children while they are online so that you can monitor the type of sites they are visiting. You can then act as appropriate if you think they are viewing content they shouldn't. It might be a good idea to have the computer in a room the whole family uses, so you can keep an eye on them while they are online.


internet threats to children

Bullying is no longer restricted to the play ground; it can now happen online as well, meaning children can even be bullied when in their own home. It may not be physical but it can be just as damaging. It can happen through a variety of means, from email to social networking sites, and can have a major impact on some children's lives.

How Can This Be Prevented?

This is the most difficult of the internet threats to children to prevent. In some ways it is just something that has to be dealt with once it has happened. You should encourage your children to talk to you if they are suffering from any form of bullying - physical or not - including cyber bullying. This will enable you to attempt to deal with any cyber bullying that your children are suffering from.


We are all at risk of being scammed by bogus websites but perhaps children are more susceptible to this danger than adult as they may not be able to spot the signs of a scam as easily. The following are some typical scams that should be looked out for:

  • Bogus emails claiming you have won a large amount of money and that you need to make a payment to claim your prize.
  • Long winded websites offering something for a low price, while never fully explaining what it is or its benefits.
  • Anything from a company you are not aware of.
  • Anything that seems to be extremely cheap or free.

  • How Can This Be Prevented?

    You should educate your children so they know how to spot a scam. You should also teach them to never purchase something online without knowing what it is or where it is from, or without checking with you first. Discouraging them from clicking on any unknown links from emails they receive is also wise as these sometimes contain viruses.

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