As your child grows up they will start to be able to pursue the Internet on their own.
However, many parents have real concerns and it is vital that you understand not only how the internet works but the dangers your children are open to.
That is why it is important that you work on the computer with your children from an early age.
No-one knows your child better than you do and you need to decide what is appropriate for them to know and have access to.
There are some software products which restrict your child's access to certain parts of the internet. For a guide to which software filter might be best for your family and wider advice on keeping children wsafe on the internet look at the following websites:
Get Net Wise www.getnetwise.org
Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk
Children International www.childnet-int.org