I tried writing about the way I feel about how parents etc keep seeming to think the internet is filled to the brim with stalkers, psychos and pervs, yet if kids are left to their own devices, they can generally figure out for themselves what is going on and work out what is real vs what is not real.
I was SO paranoid when I first started using the internet. Convinced everything was going to steal my information, stalk me, send naked photos to my house, call me ugly (it was like 2005 before I posted a PICTURE OF MYSELF on myspace). I was great friends with people online and refused to trust them whatsoever.
So even without constant supervision, I was cautious. Yet eventually (the first time I gave my address to a youtuber: Andreas, aka Aeric Winter after about 6 or 7 months of talking!) I loosened up, and came to realise that people aren't all freaking insane. Now I like to think I can sniff out a scam pretty swiftly. I get my fair share of oddballs who try to contact me or convince me of things.
Uh, I could write more, but this whole post was to say that this article does it better.
Put Kids on the internet where they're safe.