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What risks might my teen face when using a social networking Web site?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
What has become more evident with the increased time dedicated to a teen's favorite online game, network, or video is the elevated risk associated with their behaviors, such as the following:
  • The online world can feel anonymous, so rules are often broken
  • Ability to post inappropriate content
  • Addiction to their favorite online activity
  • Teens can feel they're not accountable for their actions
  • Inappropriate behavior -- teens with bad intentions such as a cyberbully
  • Finding pornographic sites, violent sites, or hate group sites

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