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The Federal Trade Commission publishes an online guide called, Chatting With Kids About Being Online

Posted January 26th, 2010

Chatting With Kids About Being Online has some great information and gives adults practical tips on how to talk to pre-teens, tweens, and teenagers about navigating the internet in a safe and responsible manner.   Kids and parents have many ways of socializing and communicating online, but they come with certain risks (like “sexting & cyberbullying”).  This guide encourages parents to reduce the risks by talking to kids about how they communicate – online and off – and helping kids engage in conduct they can be proud of. This guide covers what parents need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.

If you go to the FTC website at,, you can order one or multiple copies of this guide (in English or Spanish) and have it shipped to you all free of charge.  This document is public information and can also be downloaded and distributed anywhere.  I would encourage parents to utilize this guide and share it with their friends. 


**This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.

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