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The growing trend; kids and the dangers of the internet

Updated on August 31, 2012

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does your child spend a lot of time online?

Hopefully as a parent, you are aware of the different dangers that can get to your child when they are at home and online! You think they are safe because they are at home and in their room, well actually this is not true. Do you know what your child is doing while they are on line? If not then it would be best if you check it out. These are some hazards that I would like to remind parents to be aware of while your child is online; pedophiles, bullies, and becoming less active! I know there is only so much we can do to protect our precious children but as far as I know, that the best way to protect them while they are online is to just be aware.

First of all pedophiles are persons who have a criminal record that consist of inappropriate contact or behavior towards a child. This inappropriate behavior involves kidnapping, sexual assault, abuse, murder, etc. these horrible people can get to your child now through the Internet; like online chat rooms, public forums, and etc. so it's best to check what your child is doing when they are online from time to time. Browse through their contact list and make sure they really know who they adding as friends to their friend lists. Hopefully they do not add people who are strangers or adults pretending to be kids their age. Remind your child to be cautious of the monsters who are out there targeting kids who are innocent, vulnerable, and naive.

Secondly make sure you child is not being targeted by a Cyb-er-bully, it is sad that children are committing suicide because of another kid or kids who are saying mean things to them and about them in chat rooms and blogs or whatever sites they go on. Likewise make sure your child isn't cyber-bullying because it's just awful to do such a thing, it's sad. Further more there are laws in some states that prohibit this type of behavior online therefore there will be serious consequences for the bully and can be prosecuted in a court of law!

Lastly too much time spent online means less time spent on activities that keep our children physically healthy and mentally healthy as well. For instance sports, outside games, and having a social life with other kids face to face rather than on a computer can be so rewarding. Sports give kids a feeling of belonging when they are in team and others rely on them. They also take a responsible role of being a team member which teaches them to stick to something because others are counting on them. Also outside activity is a great way to help kids stay fit and get some exercise. Moreover by them interacting with other people whether other kids or adults it will help them be socialble and out going which is a great quality to have especially in their future when they are old enough to start a carreer!

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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great article and I like the addition of the cyber bully! I will share this on pin tweet and g+.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      It is the main concern of parents these new days, as if kids are so overwhelmed with computer games they could afford skipping meals. Keeping them active through sports or other things to divert their attention from, seems to be the surest solution. Good job on this one. Voted up useful and I'm SHARING. Thanks sassydee. You're a wonderful Mom and daughter. Blessings!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Voted up, great hub and you are so right. It is a terrible time with kids right there online daily and you can't possibly watch them every minute. You can only hope they will take warning seriously.

      Welcome to hubs.

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