Internet Education Needs to Go Beyond the Classroom

While almost every state in the country requires children to receive some form of training on the Internet, there are no such laws for parents, guardians, or grandparents. Without adults receiving the proper knowledge needed to deal with the problems their children may encounter on the Internet, the classroom education can be for naught.

There are numerous resources available for adults to learn about such topics as Sexting, Cyberbullying, Online Predators, Copyright infringement, plagiarism, and more. The issue becomes, "Are they taking advantage of these resources or just ignorant of the problem?" More than likely, they are ignorant of the issues surrounding them and their children from Internet dangers.

One of the best ways to educate adults on the dangers their children face on the Internet is through free seminars sponsored by local community groups. The local Police Department, community groups such as the Lion's or VFW, and churches may all have programs to present. If not, there are numerous resources available to create a presentation...some are free and some have a small fee for the program. Additionally, presentations can be given by companies that charge a fee for their services. These fees can be limited to just travel expenses or more.

No matter what course of adult education is decided upon, some course of action needs to be taken. The statistics on Cyberbullying, Sexting, and even sexual solicitation on the Internet should be enough to scare any parent or adult into investigating what some of the dangers are and how to deal with them.

Beyond the use of computers, adults need to know of the dangers that exist through the use of smartphones and gaming devices like XBox and PlayStation.

This may all seem to be overwhelming and one could just give up, but that is the problem...giving up or doing nothing!


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