A guide for parents about P2P, file-sharing, and the internet
As a parent, you've probably already heard your children talk about "file-sharing" or "peer-to-peer" (p2p).
File-sharing has received a lot of attention because of the legal issues to do with the sharing of copyrighted music and film (see on copyright). But that is just one of the risks involved with p2p networks that enable people to file-share indiscriminately. There are content and security issues for young people too.
But while millions of young people are regularly downloading music from legal services and p2p networks, child welfare charity Childnet International believes that many parents are struggling to understand how the technology works and are unable to give advice to their children on how they can stay safe, secure and legal on the internet.
In order to help parents everywhere keep up with the music downloading habits of their children, Childnet, actively supported by Pro-music, has produced a clear and simple guide which gives advice on these issues, and helps them enjoy music safely online. You will also find useful links to other organisations and resources.