Almost all children today have access to the Internet through schools, libraries, community centers, or their home. 74 Percent of 8 to 18 year olds have access to the internet from their home computers.
Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curriculum and encourage online research for projects, but that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messaging and in chat rooms, play games, create websites, web blogs, and just surf the ‘net.
Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.