Why It’s (Mostly) OK for Kids to Talk to Strangers Online | #predators | #childpredators | #kids

When my 10-year-old son recently encountered a young adult making rude comments in a game of “Minecraft,” he and his friends told the interloper to leave their “world.” When he didn’t, my son exited the world, resulting in all the other players being booted. Then he blocked the man from ever playing with him again.

When he told me, I wasn’t horrified that he was so exposed to strangers online. In fact, it provoked a feeling of pride. Why? Because it showed me that he’s learning how to spot bad actors—and how to deal with them.


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