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Health Tip: Teach Kids Internet Safety

Health Tip: Teach Kids Internet Safety


(HealthDay News) -- Kids may inadvertently reveal personal information on the Internet, making them vulnerable to predators, the U.S. government's Web site warns.

The site suggests these precautions for children who chat or instant message:

  • Be careful when choosing your online screen name. Avoid names that are suggestive or personal.
  • Don't chat or otherwise communicate with people you don't know.
  • When you're finished chatting or instant messaging, be sure to log off. Remember to change your password frequently.
  • Ignore any IM that makes you uncomfortable, and tell your parents about it.
  • Don't give out your account passwords to anyone.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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