The Internet is making it pornography easier for children, teens, and adults to access. Therefore in 2011, the United States passed a law to make it easier to prosecute individuals who promote online child pornography and child sexual exploitation. Children and teenagers often begin exploring pornography to learn about sex because their parents refuse to educate their children about it. Often times their fascination to learning will turn into an addiction. They want to find out everything there is no know about sex and sexual relationships, including the different types of sex. Often times a teen will hide what they are doing; especially, what they are doing online when they know that they shouldn’t be doing it. The best way that a parent can prevent pornography from becoming an issue is to educate your child about sex and also set up strict boundaries, monitor their Internet usage, and move the computer to an open room in the house.
A computer virus can be downloaded by anyone, not just your teenager. However, it is important to teach your child to download programs, games, and other files from reputable online sources. An infected computer can compromise sensitive data and information on your computer, which could potentially allow an intruder to use that information to harm your reputation. To help prevent viruses from infecting your computer purchase antivirus software or contact your Internet provider (some Internet providers offer free software with their services). Once you install virus protection, you need to make sure that you update it frequently or it can’t do its job properly.
Downloading Illegal Music, Movies, Games, and Software
Many teenagers find ways to download illegal copies of their favorite music, movies, games, and software. Downloading these files from illegal sources is considered stealing. Many people have been prosecuted for having illegal copies of music, movies, games, and software on their computer. So parents need to educate their children not to download files from illegal websites, as their activity is traceable. An example of an illegal website that was in the news several years ago was Napster, but there are hundreds of illegal file sharing websites on the Internet. Parents can prevent illegal downloading by monitoring their child’s computer activities.
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