When my kids were teenagers, each had his own connected PC. The father of
one of their school mates asked me why I was not concerned about what they would
see and do in their mostly unsupervised online time. I gave his concern some thought and realized
that the very safest way I can imagine for a child to have his first encounter with worldly affairs is at the
end of a long wire. In addition to offering an amazingly rich view at life and various cultures, it is far safer than hanging out at the mall or bowling alley.