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Health Tip: Teach Kids Internet Safety

Posted Sep 14 2010 6:00am
Suggestions for safe chatting and instant messaging

By Diana Kohnle
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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(HealthDay News) -- Kids may inadvertently reveal personal information on the Internet, making them vulnerable to predators, the U.S. government's Web site warns.

The site suggests these precautions for children who chat or instant message:

  • Be careful when choosing your online screen name. Avoid names that are suggestive or personal.
  • Don't chat or otherwise communicate with people you don't know.
  • When you're finished chatting or instant messaging, be sure to log off. Remember to change your password frequently.
  • Ignore any IM that makes you uncomfortable, and tell your parents about it.
  • Don't give out your account passwords to anyone.

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