While the benefits of technology are obvious, the dangers often prove to be more subtle. The perversion of a medium that has such great potential for good is undoubtedly one of the great tragedies of our day. Too often, as parents, we are aware of the potential dangers of using these new tools, but we do not understand enough about them to know how to protect our families. Nor do we know what danger signs to look for. And, children in our homes often possess a greater understanding of technology than we do.
Computers have traditionally been trusted by both children and adults as reliable and accurate sources of information. The rapid growth of online services and Internet access has added a new dimension to modern computing. Through a computer modem and phone line children now have access to an almost endless supply of information and opportunity for interaction. However, there can be real risks and dangers for an unsupervised child.