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Talk to Your Kids

When your kids begin socializing online, you may want to talk to them about certain risks:

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Young Kids

When very young children start using a computer, they should be supervised closely by a parent or caregiver.

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Tweens

Tweens (kids ages 8 to12) begin exploring more on their own. They need to feel "independent," but not alone. It's important to be with them — or at least nearby — when they're online.

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Teens

Teens are forming their own values and beginning to take on the values of their peers. As they mature, many are eager to experience more independence from their parents.

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Kids and Socializing Online

Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely.

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Kids and Mobile Phones

What age is appropriate for a kid to have a mobile phone? That's something for you and your family to decide.

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Kids: Texting and Sexting

Any kid with a cell phone probably uses it to send and receive text messages and images. It's similar to using email or instant messaging and most of the same etiquette and safety rules apply.

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site.

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Kids and Computer Security

The security of your computer can affect the safety of your online experience — and your kids’.

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Parental Controls

If you're concerned about what your kids — especially elementary school kids — see when they surf the internet, there are tools to consider using.

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Kids and Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds are computer-simulated online “places” where people use avatars — graphic characters — to represent themselves.

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Buying Health Products and Services Online

The web is convenient for comparing prescription drug prices, researching health products and services, and preparing for your next medical appointment.

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Miracle Cures: Health Information for Older People

I saw an ad that said, “CURE YOUR ARTHRITIS WITHOUT DRUGS USING THIS ALL-NATURAL, GOVERNMENT-APPROVED REMEDY.” A natural remedy appeals to me, but poison ivy is natural,

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Anti-Aging Products

History has it that centuries ago, explorer Ponce DeLeon searched in vain for a Fountain of Youth.

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Credit Card Loss Protection

"I got a call from a woman who said I need credit card loss protection insurance. I thought there was a law that limited my liability to $50 for unauthorized charges.