Now it may feel more like a minefield -- seductive on the surface, but seeded with subterranean hazards.
Few families have escaped the warning sirens about sexual predators stalking children via the computer.
Nick Yee,, a game player who also researches games and defends the benefits of online games.
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If you are the parent of a teenager, then your teen likely uses the internet quite often.
He or she also likely engages in online chat, at least on an occasional basis.
But these same factors can also work in your favor.
There are even various game sites that enable you to connect with people around the world and engage in conversations while you play many different games together.
When me and my friends were teens, we mostly met potential dates, boyfriends, and girlfriends at school or through friends and family, which wasn’t exactly the fastest or most reliable process.
We didn’t have all the online options that teens today have.
If you're going to spend a lot of time in chat rooms, you have to learn to ignore all the noise and concentrate on your own conversations.
The anonymity of chat rooms also encourages people to share unabashed opinions.
Even though your teen undoubtedly prefers his or her privacy, it is imperative that you monitor what your teenager does online.