These tips are for adults who spend time online. Parents should discourage children and teens from developing online relationships.
Never offer personal information to strangers on the Internet. Be careful not to divulge such items as your address, phone number or workplace.
Build your e-mail relationship carefully. Once you're comfortable interacting on the Internet, set up a phone conversation. Beware of caller ID devices.
If the phone conversation goes well, meet in person at a public place. Only then should you share key personal information.
Hang on to your sense of reality. To avoid disillusionment, remind yourself that you're seeing only your new friend's good side on the computer.
Online tools to help manage your daily life.
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