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Even though we can't watch our children every second, we still want to keep them safe. That's not always easy, however, especially when they're not in plain sight. At least we know when they're protected at home, right? Not necessarily, especially if your children have access to a computer. Online predators can be lurking anywhere and what we don't know can hurt us and our children. Below are some tips for keeping kids safe while online.
It's always a good idea to keep the lines of communication open. Your child should be aware of what kind of behavior is appropriate and shouldn't be afraid to ask any questions about things she doesn't understand. Don't be afraid of asking so many questions you alienate your child. It's better to be a parent and know what's going on, than be a friend and unaware. The important thing is to know everything your child is up to when she's online. If this annoys her, she'll get over it. One day she might even thank you.
One last tip is to teach; if you explain that the reasons for the rules are legitimate, your child is more likely to comply.
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