Talk to your Child

If your child likes to go online to use social networking sites, you need to make sure that you talk with them about the dangers involved.  Even though these sites can be a great way for your child to make new friends, there are also a lot of people out there who are on the prowl for kids that will give out their personal information.

The best way to ensure that your child is safe while using these sites is by speaking with them about it.  You will want to sit your child down and explain to them the dangers of giving out personal information to strangers.  Many kids know that they should not talk to strangers in person, but think that there is nothing wrong with doing this online.  Being that they are children, they have no clue that the internet is such a dangerous place.

While you are talking to your child you will also want to make sure that you leave time for them to talk as well.  By letting your child tell you what he or she does online, you may find out useful information.  You may be surprised to hear your child tell you that they have been harassed in the past.  By knowing this, you can take the appropriate steps to find a solution.

Keeping your child safe when they go online is as easy as having a conversation with them.  If you let your child know of the dangers that exist, they will be more apt to catch onto them if they ever occur.  Remember, it is better to speak with your child before a problem comes up.  Prevention is the best solution!

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