Safety (on the) 'Net

Cyber Risk: Spending Too Much Time Online

What You Can Do: It can be tempting to leave your child clicking away in front of the computer while you're making dinner, but keep this in mind: It's just as important to supervise her online as it is to watch her at a playground (if not more so). Set a strict time limit for online play -- and if she's doing homework on the computer, make sure she's not distracted by games or instant messaging. Put your computer in a public space so you can check in often, make time to surf fun and informational sites together, and, most important, talk about what she's doing on the Web. "You have to get involved in your child's online life," says Robin Raskin, family Internet expert and Yahoo technology advisor.

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