There's a lot of hype these days over Internet safety, some of it real, some of it unrealistic fears and concerns. This chapter will explore how to keep you and your children safe online.
Internet Safety Myths: Why People Want to Scare You
There is a lot of fear and paranoia being spread out there when it comes to kids and the Internet. Although some concerns are very real, you should also be aware that much of the hype about Internet dangers is purposefully created by companies who profit from selling safety products. Companies that sell web-monitoring software, anti-virus software, electronic tracking and other safety products can drive more sales by hyping up fears about the Internet, no matter how ludicrous. If you're scared, you're much more likely to drop money on their products, even if their product isn't related to the scare in question, but merely promotes the Internet as a dark place where shady characters lurk around every corner.