When it comes to computers and associated technology, it is no secret that most of our children can run circles around us, and get around the roadblocks put in their way. Unfortunately, however, children and teenagers are not always in the best position to sense the danger that computers can bring them, so it is up to every parent to educate himself or herself about computers, computer literacy and the internet.
The days when computer literacy and computer technology were optional are quickly drawing to a close, and today even the most basic of jobs often demand more than a passing knowledge of computers and computer technology. In order to remain employable in this ever changing world, it is vital to take advantage of the educational technology at your disposal.
Beyond the economic benefits of computer literacy, being computer literate can help parents of all ages and abilities keep tabs on the online exploits of their offspring. The explosive growth of social networking websites has allowed young people from around the world to meet, share stories and gain knowledge, but these sites have also introduced a number of dangers parents need to be aware of.
Most parents have of course heard the stories of pedophiles and other criminal elements trolling these social networking sites for potential victims, and many young people lack the life experience to avoid these potential pitfalls. It is important, therefore, for every parent to guide their sons and daughters through the world of the internet, and in order to do that every parent has to learn the ins and outs of computer technology, computer literacy and the internet.
Fortunately there is plenty of help available to computer neophytes, both on the internet and off. For those parents who are already on the internet, there are plenty of self help resources available to learn how to protect children online. For those who have not yet tapped the power of the internet, there are classes, available everywhere from local community centers to high school and college campuses, to help new computer users get their start.