Technology and the internet have become more a part of our lives; it is understandable that the newer generations are also beginning to become involved. From online games to chat rooms, there is something for every little person to do.
What first introduces a child to the internet are television stations such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. These stations advertise that their websites have fun games and activities for them to use. These games use characters and plot lines from the television shows to get children to connect to the game. For younger ages there simple games such as Tamagotchi and Mario Kart and there are others such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto 5 that are more for mature audiences. But all these games have something in common; the internet.
As children become older, they want to journey into a different areas of the internet where they can be social with others like themselves. One of the reasons why is happens is because children don’t feel accepted in real life but in a chat room, they can find people with the same interest and who will accept them.
Some chat rooms such as Habbo Hotel, Club Penguin and Animal Jam have been specially designed just for children. They all have customizable avatars and mini quests that children can play with but, more importantly they have filtered and monitored chat rooms. This makes the chat rooms a lot safer for children from online predators.
Today; Apple products such as iPods, iPads and iPhones are given to little children as entertainment. The, internet is required to download any applications, so already the user is needing access to the internet.
The internet is evolving fast and to keep up on it, it is everybody’s responsibility to make sure the internet is safe.
Who knows, where the future and the internet will take us?