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Teens and Internet Safety


Have you ever found your child sitting in front of a new or blank screen on his computer? He may have been somewhere he shouldn’t have been on the Internet and hurriedly switched away from that screen or hit the reset button when he heard you coming. Parental involvement is critical to ensure your child’s adventure in cyberspace is safe, productive and fun. Keep your computer in a central location in your home. You can keep a better eye on how your children are using the computer. Monitor and be very clear about what sites they can visit and why certain sites are prohibited. Tell your child never to reveal his name, age, sex or location online. And if your teen tells you about being harassed or threatened, print out the instant message or email in question and contact your Internet service provider. 


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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