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If the Internet packs plenty of potential dangers, it also offers a plethora of resources for avoiding them. Law enforcement, child protection organizations, and consumer advocacy agencies offer tips for safe online shopping, help for concerned parents of computer-savvy kids, and alerts on the latest computer-based scams and viruses.

On guard!
It only takes a second to “catch” a computer bug, but it can take days, even weeks, to get over it. So when it comes to computer health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Six U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Commerce, have partnered to create a Web site packed with useful tips for keeping computer users breathing easy.

Get Smartz
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America on NetSmartz Workshop, an interactive cyber crime-fighting site designed to “educate, engage, and empower” with resources for parents, teachers, kids, and law enforcement.

Lingo lesson
E-mail and electronic chatting have spawned a new generation of shorthand unrecognizable to the uninitiated. In fact, according to NetSmartz Workshop, teens told pollsters that 57 percent of parents don’t know that LOL means “laugh out loud,” and that 68 percent couldn’t recognize BRB as “be right back.” Fortunately, NetLingo offers hundreds of acronyms in addition to the “Top 20 Internet Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know.”

To read the Kentucky Living October 2007 feature that goes along with this supplement, click here: Computer Insecurity?

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