Internet was introduced to Malaysia many years ago. Most things have been made easier for us since then - faster transactions, more efficient processes and quicker communication; whether at home, work or everyday living.
With the existence of the Internet, business and technical processes are able to grow rapidly especially with faster communication. This evolution has not only make everyday living more efficient, a lot of information we require is all available at our fingertips. However, an issue that concerns our society has cropped up as there have been certain parties who misuse the Internet especially those who target children such as pornographers and pedophiles.
"Internet is a place where children can be contacted easily, which grants offenders little chance of being caught by law enforcement agencies" says Chitraporn Vanaspong, former Asia- Pacific regional officer from End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)
According to her, children can be abused through the Internet in two main ways. Firstly, they can be exposed to illegal or other harmful materials, which they are ill-prepared to deal with. For example, these include child pornography, hardcore adult pornography, information about drugs, bomb-making or financial scams, she says. Secondly, children can come into direct contact or possibly fall prey to sexual exploiters.
Parents and school play an important role in educating and transferring knowledge to young children in a precise way. However, one must not forget that even older children in their teens are susceptible to be abused online if their web-surfing habits are not closely monitored.

Guide and Monitor Your Children's Online Activities
1. Place the computer in common areas such as the living room or family areas.
2. Enhance your Internet knowledge and hone your computer skills to optimize its benefits to yourself and your family. Be 'net savvy'.
3. Monitor your children while they are online. Play your role as the filtering 'chip'.
4. Establish a conducive atmosphere for open communication between you and your children
5. Encourage discussions relating to online materials that are of interest to you or your children.
6. Advise your children on the types of information they can or cannot disclose online.
7. Get acquainted with your children's cyber friends, just as you get to know their other friends.
8. Use filtering software to filter materials or block your children's access to undesirable websites.
9. Teach your children not to meet their cyber friends offline unless you or an older adult are with them.
10 Accompany young children if they need to go to the cyber café.
11. If someone sends you or your children messages or images that are obscene, lewd, filthy, or indecent with the intent to harass, abuse, annoy or threaten you, report to:
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
The Malaysian Communications or Multimedia Commission
The Police (if the messages are threatening in nature)