What is it?
The internet refers to the global data network that connects the world.
How does it work?
The internet is a collection of huge networks around the world that choose to communicate with each other at network access points (NAPs). Because it is so pervasive and has so many possible paths for data transfer it is very robust.
Why is it useful?
The internet is useful because it has dramatically increased the amount and type of information and data that is shared with anyone who has a connection, whether this is a child or adult. It has helped to connect us to others in a way that has never been experienced before. The internet has helped to create a global community.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and the internet?
One way to help your young child to understand the internet is to use the analogy of a road that connects houses, businesses and cities. Just like the family car can visit each of these locations, a person with a connection to the internet can similarly visit a wide range of virtual online locations, from museums and toy stores, to people and books, zoos and castles, and everything in between.