Click It: Keep Children Safe from porn.(Features)

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Byline: Stephen Cawley

DID you know that approximately one in 10 Websites contain porno-graphic material?

Or that 500 such sites are added on a daily basis to the World Wide Web? And that's before we even begin to mention material related to devil worship, terrorism or racism.

Unfortunately, it's not just the case that one can inadvertently stumble upon such material by taking a wrong turn on the information superhighway.

The power of search engines allows curious kids to find material on any subject - no matter how distasteful - just by typing in a keyword.

On the other hand, there is a lot that is good on the Internet.

Certainly, in the educational arena, the Net offers unlimited scope for previously impractical collaboration, research and sharing of resources.

Whether we like it or not, the Internet is here to stay, and, despite the risks, the Internet is being used throughout the world to benefit children and adults.

It would be foolish in the extreme to bury our heads in our hands, however, and ignore the Internet's dangers.

There's a lot that can be done, at no great effort or expense, to minimise the risks. And it is possible for children of all ages to use and benefit from the Internet, without ever having to come in contact with offensive or inappropriate material. …