The Internet is a scary place. Some friends and I were just discussing this past weekend what uncharted territory it represents for parents these days. A speaker at an education conference I attended last month referred to adults as Computer Language Learners while kids these days are Computer Language Natives. I can navigate my way around computers fairly well, but then again, so could the 4 year-old I babysat this summer who would have happily spent all day on Webkinz if she'd been permitted.
Computer skills are vital to success these days, so we'd be doing our kids a disservice to cut them off and completely restrict their access. Still, how can you properly monitor them if they know more than you do about the subject? This isn't an area where most young parents have a lot of role models. My parents certainly didn't have to monitor what I looked at on the Internet since we didn't have it until my senior year of high school.
So... I'm off to research Internet safety some more. Our kids are only infants, so I probably don't need to worry too much right now, but it's good to be prepared.