The Netsmartz 5 Internet Safety

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March 2013


  Dangerous communities are prevalent on even the most popular social media sites. Last year, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr all banned self-harm content that encourages eating disorders, self-mutilation, and suicide.
    After the recent suicide of this teen, many in the UK called for the government to ban websites promoting suicide.  
    Are pro-ana communities as bad as they seem to be?This researcher says maybe not.  
    Self-harm is not the only dangerous content online.Some police officers say kids as young as nine have been recruited to join street gangs on Facebook.  
    Keeping an open dialogue with children is one of the best ways to prevent them from seeking dangerous advice online. Read this article from NetSmartz for tips on talking to them about this issue.  
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