Inappropriate content on the internet is that which does not conform to the norms or standards regarding issues about society, religion, or culture. Inappropriate content can include violent, sexual, extremist, hate, criminal, or advertising topics. Exposure to such information on the Internet can affect a person or a child in a negative manner. Children may find themselves damaged or confused by seeing inappropriate content online.
Tips for Parents
Some tips parents can use to help protect their children against inappropriate content on the internet.
- Tell your child to use the computer in a common area where they can be monitored by a parent or guardian.
- Tell your child which websites are appropriate to visit and check whether the child would be exposed to inappropriate content on the websites they visit.
- Use a parental control feature on the computer's internet security software to block any sites that are known to contain inappropriate content.
The internet serves as a public resource where people are free to upload and share any information they want as an ultimate expression of freedom of speech. However, there are those that post inappropriate content that does not conform to the standards of morality in society. And even though it is difficult for governments to track and remove all the websites that contain inappropriate content, there is an ongoing and aggressive effort to protect people that are using the internet.
Tips for Educators
Some tips educators can use to help protect their students against inappropriate content on the internet.
- Monitor which websites the students are accessing during class.
- Use a website blocker to deny the students access to websites that may contain inappropriate content.
- Educate the students on the importance of begin responsible on the internet so they don't come across or access website with inappropriate content.
Tips for Students
Some tips students can use to help protect themselves against inappropriate content on the internet.
- If you come across a website that you feel is not appropriate for you notify an adult.
- Only visit websites which content you are familiar with.
- As a student, ask an educator for a recommended list of websites that they trust for the student to access.