The Great Debate UK

Is the Internet a dangerous playground?


caroline-cockerill- Caroline Cockerill is the Internet Safety Advocate at Symantec, UK. The opinions expressed are her own.-

Today’s children have grown up with the Internet, they know more about it than their parents, but do they know the perils it holds?

As the Internet becomes increasingly integral to our lives, children spend as much time in front of their PCs as the TV. Children’s access to social networking sites, instant messaging applications and chat rooms, makes them as connected to their peers as if they were standing in the playground.

However, while a playground is a visibly regulated space for children to interact, many parents are unaware of their children’s activity online and consequently unaware of any problems they may be having.