Safety (on the) 'Net

Cyber Risk: Online Bullying

What You Can Do: "Cyber bullying is a real problem, because kids don?t think it counts if you say something nasty online," says Raskin. "So children can say hurtful things, but without the social context of seeing a reaction to their words." This is mostly an issue for parents who allow chatting and e-mailing with friends -- something your child is probably already pushing for. If you do let her communicate online, make sure she's talking only to real-life friends, and use your chat program's privacy settings to block random people from sending her messages.

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