It's no secret that children and teenagers are spending a
tremendous amount of time online. Popular digital communities
include social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and virtual
worlds and gaming sites such as Club Penguin and Second Life.
According to one poll, more than half of youths log on to some type
of social media site at least once a day. Roughly one in four logs
on to such sites at least 10 times a day.
Although digital communities enable youths to socialize with peers
and develop multimedia skills, these online forums also have risks.
A common one is cyberbullying — a form of bullying that takes place
entirely online in cyberspace. Another is sexting, a term that
combines the words sex and texting and refers to the exchange of
sexually explicit digital messages and images. Fortunately there
are ways for parents to help their children avoid these new types
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