We've all seen headlines like these time and time again. They are alarming, especially to parents whose children have made the Internet part of their daily lives.
However, we need to keep things in perspective. Remember, the good clearly outweighs the bad on the Internet. Children and adults now have nearly unlimited access to information, resources and, in turn, to opportunity. It's brought people together regardless of physical proximity and enhanced their ability to communicate and share, and it's enhanced our ability to teach as well as learn. It's used in classrooms, for homework purposes and even to take classes.
Yes, there are challenges. The traditional ills of society do not simply vanish on the Internet. Sadly, the world has always known con artists, predators and other bad characters. Whether online or offline, we have to educate ourselves and our families to the good, to the bad, and how to protect ourselves as we live our daily lives.
Check out AOL Consumer Advisor, Regina Lewis's interview on ABC News about how to keep children safe from online predators: