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Minimising the risk of children meeting someone offline

The online world is no different than the offline world. Parents and guardians have responsibility for the safety and security of their children, and should require their children to follow basic rules when meeting online friends. Children and young adults should:

  1. Check with their parent or guardian before agreeing to meet any online friend.
  2. Show their parent or guardian copies of any emails, pictures and files the friend has sent the child.
  3. Allow the parent or guardian to make the arrangements for meeting an online friend.

The parent or guardian should accompany the child the first few times he/she meets an online friend. In addition, the parent or guardian should arrange for at least the first meeting to take place in public, and only if both sets of parents or guardians agree and will be present at the first meeting.