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Pornography and Predators: Basic Facts/Legal Issues
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It’s important that parents keep the Internet medium in perspective. For the most part, the Web is a fairly safe environment. Not all, or even most, of the content on the Internet is sexually explicit, profane, or harassing in nature. It’s just that those who do create and distribute such content are often highly aggressive and indiscriminate about displaying and advertising it.

Nevertheless, a part of parenting involves gauging the safety of real-world environments and situations that involve children. This applies to the cyberworld as well. To teach your child effective habits for avoiding inappropriate content or communications, you must be aware of the potential threats. This section of NetSafeKids offers background information that can help you better understand the issues of pornography and sexual predators.