AI is advancing rapidly, and its proliferation in our daily lives is increasing, exacerbating online risks in the process. This is particularly true when it comes to children, who are more exposed than ever to the dangers inherent in technology. At the same time, this same technology can help you make the Web a safer place for your children.
AI, both inspiring and dangerous for children
AI-based tools can enhance children’s learning experiences and encourage them to think outside the box. Educational platforms and apps that use AI can also adapt to each child’s unique learning style, offering personalized learning paths.
In addition, virtual assistants and chat platforms can provide essential emotional support and social interaction for childrenespecially those suffering from neurodiverse diseases. These AI companions can improve children’s social skills and emotional understanding. This creates a positive impact on their development.
On the other hand, content provided via AI tools and platforms is currently not moderated. This presents a multitude of potential dangers, particularly for young people. Unregulated content could potentially bring children into contact with content that is harmful or inappropriate, or even biased or discriminatory.
Furthermore, the ability of AI to generate deepfakesit is becoming increasingly difficult to identify credible sources and to know whether content is genuine or manipulated. Deepfakes can be used for malicious purposes, to manipulate and deceive children, exposing them to abusers.
AI can also make the Web safer for children
Technology is at the root of the problem. Nevertheless, advances in AI make it possible to develop intelligent solutions for child protection. AI can help detect and prosecute crimes more effectively and efficiently, assisting human resources in the early detection of danger.
Image analysis tools, for example, help detect abusive images and videos. These same tools can also notify parents that their child has received inappropriate content. Likewise, text analysis tools scan language to identify possible suspicious behaviorsuch as sexual harassment or abuse.
Childsafe, for example, automatically observes conversations and intercepts those containing child pornography. Sometimes, the applications themselves incorporate AI-powered security features, as in the case of Yubo. This social media application, used mainly by Generation Z, uses AI to notify users if they are about to share sensitive information and content.
AI can also help track a child’s digital footprintproviding information on their online behavior and habits. This would enable parents to adapt parental controls accordingly (filtering out harmful content, sending alerts about potentially dangerous situations…). All these advances prove that AI will remain an essential tool in our efforts to guarantee children’s safety in the digital age.