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Find Ways to Protect Your Teen on the Web and reduce risks

As a parent, you can't always be there to watch over your kids as they make each keystroke, nor would you want to. However, there are some very easy things you can do today to reduce the risk for your kids. Every parent can do these things.

Here are 6 ways to protect your kids on the Internet:

1. Take the computer out of the kids' rooms and place it in a common area in the house. Your kids are much less likely to do something if other people are around. Your kids will be more aware, and that's a good thing.

2. Talk to them. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Just talk to them about personal security. It's just like reminding them to lock the door when you're out. Remind them to "lock" the Internet door. Here are two important things to tell them:

3. Don't give anybody your password. If anybody gets your password, they can find out all your personal data, and some people will use that.

4. Don't give strangers your address. You just don't want strange people showing up or stalking you. And this may sound silly, but it's already happened. There are weirdoes on the Internet who use fake identities. And don't give your phone number to strangers either.

5. Look at their MySpace pages. A friend of ours found out that his daughter's 13-year-old friend had posted pictures of herself in her underwear on MySpace. Her parents never looked at her MySpace pages. Kids don't have adult judgment; that's why they're kids. There have been two confirmed abductions of girls who displayed confidential information on MySpace, including a girl abducted in a mall outside Boston this year.

6. Look into Internet monitoring software, low-cost products that invisibly monitor the activities of your kids, and privately e-mail you the results as often as you like. The best of these software products track Internet sites visited, downloads, chat room conversations and IM.

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