Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely.
Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings.
You can then help them report concerns to the police and to the social networking site.
Most of these sites have links for users to report abusive, suspicious, or inappropriate behavior.
Most chat programs allow parents to control whether people on their kids' contact list can see their status, including whether they're online.
Some chat and email accounts allow parents to determine who can send messages to their kids, and block anyone not on the list.
Texting may seem fast and impersonal, yet courtesies like "pls" and "ty" (for ) are common text terms.
Let your kids know that it's wrong to create sites, pages, or posts that seem to come from someone else, like a teacher, a classmate, or someone they made up.
Tell your kids why it's important to keep some things — about themselves, family members, and friends — to themselves.
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