Add "first time on the Internet"
to the list of milestones every parent tracks for their kids these days. But once your kid starts going online, the "firsts" come fast and furious. Some firsts are good -- like the online game that taught your preschooler the ABCs. But some didn't go so well, like the time she got dissed by a rogue Club Penguin player. Internet safety goes way beyond protecting kids from strangers or blocking inappropriate content. It's about helping your kids use the Internet productively and practice safe responsible online behavior even when you're not there to watch them.
The more time your kids spend online, the more they will see, watch, play, read, and interact. And the more those experiences will contribute to their worldview -- and maybe their own self-image. Getting involved in your kids' online life is the key to helping them reap the benefits while minimizing the negatives.
Here are answers to parents' most common concerns about keeping the Internet a safe, productive, positive experience. —Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.