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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Protecting Yourself

Because cybercriminals exploit weakness and prey on vulnerabilities, it’s important that you and your family understand that broadcasting fears and insecurities online to strangers is a bad idea. Just as walking down the street with an assertive, self-confident air will discourage a mugger from picking you out as a victim, projecting a positive attitude online will help you avoid an online predator.

Watch Your Own Behavior

If you make an online "friend" who seems to make it his business to learn your likes, dislikes, and preferences, and then flatters you, think twice about that person’s motivations. Gifts and money are inappropriate from somebody you don’t know. You should know that, and your kids should, too.

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