Do you know what your kids are doing online?

By Krissie Collier

Sun Staff Intern

NORWICH – Do you know what your child is doing online, what the risks are and what you can do? The New York State Attorney General’s office addressed these topics and more at a presentation held Thursday at the Norwich Middle School called, “Your Child’s Digital Life.”

Assistant Attorney General Dennis McCabe explained seven main parts of the Internet that parents should be skeptical about having their children use. They include: social networks, blogging, instant messaging, chat rooms, webcams, file sharing programs and online gaming. Although kids use many of these, the most popular include social networks, instant messaging, blogging and chat rooms.

“Internet is our child’s playground; there are good and bad parts to it,” said McCabe. “The good parts to these programs are they can improve kids’ writing, spark creativity, make it easier to keep in touch with family or friends and it helps kids find out who they are by ‘projecting’ the person they aspire to be. The bad parts, however, are a bit more complex for each program.”

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