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Most parents don't know how to answer these questions. Other questions arise, and often the parents are overstrained with their answers.
Is that necessary? Isn't my child far too young for this? Isn't this dangerous? What is my child actually doing when they're online?
In addition to the educational reasons ("I would rather have my kid play outside in the fresh air") parents are worried about the internet being the right playground for their kids.
Especially parents that aren't familiar with the internet or aren't so used to computers tend to be afraid of letting their kids surf alone.
The study of EU-Kids Online, published in 2010, showed that 57% of kids use the internet either daily or every other day. The need to use the internet grows as the kids get older.
At the beginning their main interest is to play games, watch videos or listen to music. As they grow older they get more interested in social networks. They use the internet in more productive ways: meeting friends online, chatting, exchanging data and expressing themselves.
Now that the internet has become an important part of educational life, parents are pushed to allow their kids internet access e.g. in order to be able to finish home work. This is an important step in gaining better academic opportunities and in building better relationships with their classmates. The learning and game sites should help them in learning media literacy and in preparation for their future use of information technology.
Like grown-ups kids also use the most popular search engines, like "Google", although kids have different search behaviour. The searches that they make are usually written with slang and some grammatical mistakes. This is where parents often worry about what kind of web pages may show up and scare or upset their kids.
To be able to learn how to use the internet, kids need a safe environment that allows them to click, search and experiment without parents having to worry whether it's safe or not. Like in kindergarten or in school, children should have a space in the virtual world where it's a given that they can learn how to move around safely.
goodbeans Inc. and Dolphin Media Germany AG provide children with this kind of space to practice surfing freely and safely.
In Panfu the children can chat, play learning games and learn a foreign language while in an online Panda-world. Children's security is the number one priority. This is why Panfu has a really strict set of rules, a child protection officer as well as a data protection officer, and well a prepared and capable group of moderators that look after the chat around the clock. To learn more about safety in Panfu click here.
Dolphin Secure, in cooperation with goodbeans, offers the children a community especially developed for them, where they can surf on age-based websites, meet friends, chat and write messages. Through an identification process with a finger print scanner it is made sure that no-one can register in the community anonymously.