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Some of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you — or they — are comfortable with, even if privacy settings are high.
Encourage your child to think about the language they use online, and to think before posting pictures and videos, or altering photos posted by someone else.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child stays safe online.
Unfortunately, for this to happen you must know your way around a computer and the internet. A child should never know more than a parent does about the internet. If you are looking to block adult websites or websites that have offensive language, it will not do you any good if your teenager knows ways to get around the parental controls that you set.
Most chat programs allow parents to control whether people on their kids' contact list can see their status, including whether they're online.
Some chat and email accounts allow parents to determine who can send messages to their kids, and block anyone not on the list.
Many social networking sites and chat rooms have adjustable privacy settings, so you can restrict who has access to your kids’ profiles.For privacy purposes, your kids' screen names should not be the same as their email addresses.You may want to limit your children's online "friends" to people they actually know.You may hear that an internet predator approached or kidnapped a child on the news, but you may automatically assume that it will not happen to your child.Unfortunately, until you understand how the internet works, you really have no idea.