Not only might your kids survive encountering the Internet, but it might also not turn them into crack fiends, serial killers, satan-worshipping trolls, or hook them up with Albert Fish as their prom date.
Forgive the snark, but for the first time, it looks like some common sense is being injected into the whole dialogue about kids and the Internetz. We'll see how much effect it has -- there is something undeniably comfortable about the idea of menace lurking out there. It's useful for those in power because it gives them a plausible excuse for control, and the fear of the shadowy other gives everyone else a certain unshakeable faith in their own virture.
Anyway, here's what a study by the National School Boards Association says about the Internet's threat to the fabric of our society: