How secure is Internet?

The Internet is a great tool of high potential. Limits don’t exist for navigation. Even for kids, big businesses, and anybody who works with the network. But everything has a positive and a negative side. The Internet has changed our lives in so many ways; like providing easy transfer in banks, closer communication, and faster operations of any we want. The Internet has made easy our way to live.

It’s very common to hear that the Internet is considered the tool that has given voice to the voiceless. A lot of people share their own lives and experiences with unknown people around the globe, but just the fact to be able to do it, make them the happiest. Of course, Internet has brought new ways to make and share content.

This is the reason why we have to make the society more secure. The Internet has a lot of benefits but also a dark side:

  • No privacy life. All posted online. You have not right for any of picture or document posted, especially pictures that are projecting a personal side of yourself. Everything online is public. The number of victims increases each year, through the social network. Most of them are teenagers, who don’t have any control over what they do. It is necessary to make them understand even if they post a picture on Internet, somebody else may be copied and post it on forums or other websites.
  • Cyberbullying. Sometimes is hard to get away from the “haters”. They keep making hateful comments, building a wrong image of people, saying lies about them online. Their only objective affects the reputation online. This problem affects more school students. Teachers don’t have control over that, so many kids use to be affected by it. They keep the situation as a secret because the fear of getting worse with parents. The best thing to do to not allow the bullying is creating personal accounts with only family and trust friends. Never answer private messages, especially if they are aggressive. It’s better to block them or create a new account. What makes cyber bullers stronger because they cannot see anyone crying.
  • Open world for predators. Young people used to interact with virtual strangers and share private life, pictures, and personal interests. Experts get them for sexual interest that violate their privacy and abuse children. Predators create fake profiles and build a trust relationship with the victim. The online world is a very careful place to navigate and requires a lot of conscious from you at the moment you navigate. It’s impossible to know who is behind a computer if is actually saying the truth or not. The best recommendation is to not share any personal information with strangers.
  • Pornography. Parents have concerned what Internet means and pornography is very dangerous, especially for kids. When anyone is seeking something online, from nowhere appears porn websites. The better options are to install an Internet filtering software to block porn sites in the first place.

There is an organization named Family Online Safety Institute that works to make the online world safer for the kids and their families.

The best recommendation to avoid dangerous experiences is to empower parents to build the trust to be part of their kids when they navigate the online world.