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Is it unsafe for kids to use the Internet?

Almost every parent can cite the dark sides of these new temptations. The Internet can allow dangerous strangers or even sexual predators to contact children. Kids can face daily or even hourly teasing, bullying, or harassment from their own school peers via e-mail, chat rooms, message forums, and text messages. Many teens and even adolescents have engaged in “sexting,” which can range from dirty talk on text messages to e-mailing nude photos of themselves. The list goes on . . . and we haven’t even mentioned a subtler risk: All that sitting around while surfing the Net, watching TV, and sending text messages is helping to make our kids fatter.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents

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