Teen Internet Safety Guide

Almost all American children have access to the Internet. While the Internet can give children access to vast amounts of valuable information and entertainment it can also expose children to certain dangers. For example, children may come into contact with demeaning, racist, sexist, violent, hateful or false information. They may also view pornographic web sites, SPAM (unsolicited emails) containing obscene material, file swapping programs with inappropriate and sometimes mislabeled content, and other types of material potentially inappropriate for a child. Children may also encounter predators that lure victims through chat rooms, instant messaging, and social networking sites.