In virtual communities, using chatrooms and ICQ, children and young people are able to make new friends without the limitations of physical boundaries. Hence it is easier to make friends with total strangers than with a neighbour. It is important to learn, no matter what the circumstances, that they should not disclose their real names, telephone numbers, and addresses. When your students propose meeting their net-friends, your guidance is very important. Children tend to decide to show up based on first impressions. Ask them to take precautions regarding the friend they are going to meet and where they plan to conduct the meeting. Meeting in a public place like a library or a restaurant is much safer than somewhere remote or quiet. The watchful eyes of parents or friends can also be a tremendous help in thwarting a predator's plans.

You, as teachers, must bring "spoofing" to your students' attention. Identity thieves may pretend to be you and send out computer viruses attached to e-mails of which you are entirely ignorant, getting you into trouble on the technical as well as the legal side of things.