Children of today have access to the internet, which is full of opportunities they can discover and explore every day. They can find new ideas, online friends, challenging frontiers, and a lot more. All these are accessible to them anytime, and to some, anywhere. There are times when they become so engrossed with what they are doing that it results in mindless exploration. This exposes them to the dangers of the virtual world, much like the real world.
Parents should not forget their responsibility of maintaining the online privacy of their children. Only very few websites do not collect personal information from children. Information is gathered in various ways, depending on the purpose. Most often, web sites ask them to register, join a club or enter a contest, fill out a questionnaire, and others. Having this information, web sites can use it to identify a person and make something more out of it. Children become innocent targets of advertisements, or they end up on a customer list and become commodities of data marketing.
Children will always be easy targets of privacy invasion in the virtual world. It is a fact that technology-based solutions are not sufficient to put an end to this problem. Only parents and guardians can provide the best guard against privacy exploitation of children. Parents should not be too permissive of their children’s online activities. This starts with parents spending time with their children and actually seeing their online activities.