The internet can be the ultimate learning tool for kids and young adults as it can provide numerous ways for them to learn and interact with other children across the world. Schools are beginning to implement computer learning classes to give the next generation a head start for their future. Another reason is competition; countries around the world want to produce the best and brightest kids that will soon be leading their country so they introduce them to technology at a young age to stay ahead of everyone else.
Using the internet for educational purposes should not have a restriction on it, learning should not be capped. But when it comes to playing games and when you start to become more social on the internet that is when parents need to step in immediately to lay down some firm ground rules for their children. Before allowing their child on a particular site parents need to review it first to make sure the content is age appropriate. Parents also need to allot time for certain activities, maybe an hour a day to socialize and play games and then you block access to those sites for the rest of the day.
Parental locks are very important as well, cable providers often advertise blocking access to some channels so your kids are not influenced by what they see on them. Controlling what your children see at an early age allows them to still be children they should not be exposed to adult situations at such an early age especially on the internet. Children that see unsuitable situations are more likely to want to engage in some type of bad activity online especially when they get older.
As a parent you have to talk to your children and explain the impact that bad activity can have on their futures. You shouldn't sugar coat anything it is best to be straight with them and tell them how they might not be able to get that job because of something they did when they were young. The younger they are when you have this talk the odds of them not getting caught up in anything will increase because they will always have their future in mind and will be hesitant to mess that up.
Teaching your children about the positives and negatives of online activity can help prevent them from ruining their future before they get a chance to enjoy it.