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Internet security for kids: less parental control, more communication

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(Read caption) Parental control and website blocking are not constructive ways to keep kids safe online, a new study says. Here, Bruna Quaresma and her son, Joao Pedro, use a computer to play games and surf the internet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2011.

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As a society, we’ve been talking about youth online risk for years, but we’ve only just begun to talk about young people’s resilience, which is what helps them keep risk from turning into harm. It’s important to know, as the authors of an important new report note, that resilience – the ability to deal with negative experiences without being upset by them – doesn’t come from avoiding risk, online or offline.

“Risk and resilience go hand in hand, as resilience can only develop through exposure to risks or stressful events. Consequently, as children learn how to adequately cope with (online) adversities, they develop (online) resilience,” write Leen d’Haenens, Sofie Vandoninck and Verónica Donoso of EU Kids Online in the UK.

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