The internet offers young people amazing opportunities to connect and learn, but it can also expose them to content that is both age and developmentally unsuitable. Discuss five ways in which learners can be protected from accessing inappropriate online material during the use of internet as an educational research tool. . Each discussed point will carry 3 marks.
1.Having open discussions with young learners about online activities. Guardians should hold conversations with learners about what is appropriate to read, watch and engage in online so they are fully aware of the evils that exist on the Internet.
2.Monitoring a young learner’s time online. Screens and gaming devices should be placed in a central spot where the responsible guardian can monitor if the learner is up to something constructive on the Internet. For younger learners, parents and administrators should check browsing histories to ensure the children are accessing safe materials. Access time to the Internet should also be monitored so it doesn't become too much.
3.Exercising control. Parents and school administrators should utilize restrictions offered by web browsers, devices and internet service providers to block violent and sexual material.
4.Educating young learners to be social networks savvys. They should learn to keep control of their digital footprint, use their privacy settings, report inappropriate content, block harmful sites, and talk to a trusted person when facing online dangers.
5.Not allow learners to shop online without guidance from an adult. A parent or guardian should supervise such online activities to protect a young learner from landing on harmful content.