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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Protecting Yourself

Perhaps you’ve helped to protect your child from online dangers by keeping the computer in an open place in your home where you can occasionally check on things. Now consider for a moment that the mobile phones kids carry today are really small computers—ones that you might have taken no precautions for.

Many cell phones have advanced Internet services available, the ability to communicate with anyone at any time, and are completely private. Because children will be on their own with their cell phones, you have to instill in them an understanding about the potential dangers of communicating with anybody they don’t know, broadcasting personal information, opening images or files they receive, swapping copyrighted information, ...

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