30 Percent of U.S. Teen Girls Meet Up With Online Strangers

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Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, clinical director of adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said "there's no one-size-fits-all parenting for all of this."

"It's really about building a foundation of knowing your kid and knowing their warning signs and building trust and open-minded communication," he said. "[You have to] set up that communication at an early age and establish rules, a framework, for Internet usage, because they are all going to get online.

"At this point, it's a life skill that has become almost essential for teens, so it's going to happen," he added. "What's needed is parental supervision to help them learn how to make these online connections safely."

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For more about teen development, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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