"It's quite crafty what these child predators will go through." Internet Safety Tips Internet Danger #3: Pornography One of the worst dangers of the Internet, for many parents, is the idea that pornography could pop up and surprise their children.
But parents may not realize that some kids are going online to seek out web porn, too.
Cyberbullying includes sending hateful messages or even death threats to children, spreading lies about them online, making nasty comments on their social networking profiles, or creating a website to bash their looks or reputation.
Cyberbullying differs from schoolyard bullying, Handy says. "When it happens online, there's no one to filter it," she says.
Once she began dating him, a jealous girl flooded her computer with a stream of nasty messages.
"She'd say, 'I hate you; leave the school,' and she called me every name in the book," says Handy, now an 18-year-old senior in New Jersey.
More predators are now scouring social networking sites, such as My Space and Xanga, because these sites have centralized so much information, Shehan says.
A child's profile typically includes photos, personal interests and blogs.
"They need to meet these kids, groom these children and become friends." Predators may take on fake identities and feign interest in a child's favorite bands, TV shows, video games or hobbies.
Internet Safety Tips Some tips from for responding to cyberbullying: The online world opens the door for trusting young people to interact with virtual strangers - even people they'd normally cross the street to avoid in real life.
About 1 in 7 kids have been sexually solicited online, says John Shehan, Cyber Tipline program manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia.
"If you get the monitoring software, put it on the computer and forget that it's there," Aftab says.
That way, if someone's viewing porn, you'll have the records to deal with it.