In real life you protect your children, teaching them life lesson in order to keep them safe and help them smart decisions. Teens sometimes forget those real life rules when they go online.
In chat rooms and with profile on friendship websites like MySpace, Facebook, Xanga and many others, teens often use fake or exaggerated details enhancing their personalities.
For example, breaking house rules about "talking with strangers".
That's part of the online appeal for teens...having blunt and sometimes intimate conversations sharing personal thoughts with people you don't really know. Teens think "what's the consquences?" Of course, there are many. And that's just with text chats.
If your teen also chats online using webcams, those conversations can turn even more personal and intimate...exposing teens to very real dangers they simply don't realize.
It all takes place in your own home. In your teen's bedroom.
Yes, the Internet can be a safe, educational and productive activity for teens. It should be. But, sometimes, it is not. And teens may not make the right decisions to stay safe.
Help your teens. Protect them on the internet and keep the Internet freaks out out your teen's computer...and out of your home.
Here's a YouTube video demonstrating the point: