According to a research conducted by the Internet Development Fund, children in Europe and the NIS states usually know more about the Internet than their parents do.
From the one hand, this is a positive and logical thing. From the other hand – we don’t really know how children understand the basics of online security. Regular incidents involving Internet fraud and harassment prove that the problem is very real and the level of online threat awareness among teenagers is very low.
You can try to shield your kids from such threats in many ways, but you must be ready to face the fact that an Internet-savvy teenager won’t have any problems finding a workaround. And that is why you, as a parent, will have to explain the basics of online security to them.
Google has published a guide for parents and teachers that explains how online dangers can be avoided and how the rules of online conduct can be efficiently communicated to minors. All of these materials have been published as “Family Safety Center”.
The guide contains articles written by Google and other companies working on the problems of online security for children.
However, we should not forget than no technology, even the most advanced one, will ever be able to replace parental control and proper upbringing.