Most Parents and Teachers fears are from the perceived dangers the Internet creates from strangers taking advantage of younger children. It is important to note that the number of known cases of children having been exposed to serious threat on the internet, is currently very low in proportion to the rapidly growing rate of Internet use.
The danger of children being approached by a stranger on line is thought to be relatively much lower than a child being at risk, off line, from someone known to them.
The concept of danger is a difficult one to establish with young children – there is no easy, guaranteed method of identifying an adult who is untrustworthy.
Striking the balance between making children aware of potential dangers but at the same time confident enough to express their natural curiosity requires a delicate approach.