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Advice for Patients
October 5, 2009

Internet Safety

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(10):968. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.174

The Internet, or “the Web,” is a large part of young people's lives today. The risks involved in Internet use are similar to risks in other aspects of a child's or teen's life, but they present themselves in new ways that may seem new or unfamiliar to parents.

Parents may remember being told “don't talk to strangers” or “don't hang out in places that are unsupervised” when they were children. Many of these safety rules apply to the Internet. Parents should feel confident that adapting and applying rules that they already know will help them promote Internet safety. The key is to communicate early and often with your child.