Ensuring Internet Safety by
Beyond academic connections and family video conferences, the Internet can be a dangerous place
for minors. For this reason, we must know the main threats that exist on the Internet and implement
the necessary measures to reinforce Internet safety for children.
WHAT ARE THE THREATS ON THE INTERNET FOR CHILDREN?
The dangers that most children face when surfing the internet can be grouped into three types of risks:
Exposure to inappropriate content. Vulgar language, hate speech and violent images can have a
detrimental effect on minors. More than 55% of children between the ages of 10 and 12 have been
exposed to violent content on the Internet and almost 60% have encountered sexually explicit material.
Cyber bullying. Cyberbullying is any intimidating activity carried out through any type of electronic
communication (social networks, e-mail, etc.). Almost 34% of 12-17 year olds have experienced
Cyberbullying at some point in their life.
Online predators: Adults who use the Internet to attract minors for abusive purposes are considered
online predators. Most of the victims of this type of bullying (78%) are girls.
INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN IN THE FACE OF INAPPROPRIATE
The best way to keep children safe from exposure to inappropriate content is to teach them to protect
themselves and take some preventive measures:
Teach them to navigate safely. Make sure your kids know how to identify safe pages and block pop-
up ads. Explain how to keep their mail safe, warning them not to open attachments or reply to
messages from strangers.
Limit their access to inappropriate content. Use a content filter, block all unsafe websites and
hire a cybersecurity service that protects your digital life and that of your family with an
advanced parental control system. Prepare to react. Develop a plan to put in place in case your child
encounters any type of inappropriate content, preparing the appropriate responses to h