Global internet utilization has rapidly revolutionized access to knowledge and means of communication for billions of humans.Such growth has stimulated research in both positive and negative aspects of this contemporary technology.Modem internet use includes various forms of resources and social networking such as e-mail, Facebook, My Space, twitter, sexting, chat rooms, blogging, gaming, others.This presentation considers current adolescent internet use and abuse in order to help clinicians appreciate potential negative consequences of internet abuse; this includes "addiction" to or dependence on this technology to the detriment of other aspects of the youth's life, being victims of sexual abuse by others, stalking by the teens themselves, bullying activity, access to pornographic sites, online gambling, and others.Parents should also establish rules for Internet use, such as: Never reveal personal information about yourself; never respond to a threatening email or message – and tell a parent if you receive one; and no visiting chat rooms, since child predators frequent them to meet and exploit children.Draw up a contract with your child that states your rules and consequences of breaking them, suggests Christine Laehle, program specialist of Prevention and Early Intervention, administered by the Orange County Department of Education.

Sex and emotional romantic encounters are increasingly recognized as addictions people turn to in order to reduce isolation, compensate for lack of emotion and tension, resolve conflict, gain power, provide escape, or supply false emotional and spiritual security.Educators who specialize in this area say the best way is for parents to have a good relationship with their kids.“It starts with conversations and relationships with your children,” said Randy Kolset, coordinator of Online Learning and Professional Development for the Orange County Department of Education. Parents who monitor their kids’ online activities are simply creating an electronic safety net, says Bob Lotter, founder and CEO of e Agency Mobile Security, a Newport Beach-based company that developed the My Mobile Watchdog software for monitoring activity on mobile phones. In addition, Pew found that 42 percent of the parents have searched for their kids’ names online to see what information is available about them, and 31 percent have helped their children put privacy settings in place on social networks.

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