The protection of minors: a major challenge for the Internet

The Internet is a formidable communication and education tool for our children. But, it can also be a danger because, in particular, it allows easy access to websites of a sexual nature.

Unlike more traditional media forms (television, radio, press, etc...), the Internet is not regulated by monitoring and supervisory organisations. Therefore, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to assist children in their use of the Internet: to protect them from content which is shocking or illegal, to defend their privacy, to advise them on their web browsing and to teach them to be careful.

There are two simple methods to help parents to protect their children.

Some important advice:

  • Be present while your children are browsing the Internet
  • Suggest a selection of sites to them which are suited to their age group
  • Let them show you how they surf, what their favourite sites are
  • Ask them to show you what embarrasses them and, in return, show them your trust by respecting their privacy
  • Teach your children to be careful on the Internet and tell them that they must never: give out personal information, answer a message which shocks them, stay on a site which makes them feel uncomfortable, arrange a meeting with a person they have met through a chat group.