What are the Risks?

There are a few risks for children who use online services. Teenagers are particularly at risk because they often use the computer unsupervised and because they are more likely than younger children to participate in online discussions regarding companionship, relationships, or sexual activity. Some risks are:

Exposure to inappropriate material:

One risk is that a child may be exposed to inappropriate material of a sexual or violent nature.

Physical molestation:
Another risk is that, while online, a child might provide information or arraign an encounter that could risk his or her safety or the safety of other family members.

A third risk is that a child might encounter e-mail or bulletin board messages that are harassing, demeaning, or belligerent.