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1. Stealing music on the Internet is every bit as wrong as stealing goods from a store.

2. It’s against the law and offenders can be prosecuted in criminal court and sued for damages in civil court. It may also subject the offender’s parents or guardians to legal action.

3. Some illicit "peer-to-peer" networks actually commandeer a portion of the hard drive on your computer for illegal downloading and uploading by network members around the world. Once you register with them, all the files on your computer hard drive can be fair game. Depending on the settings you choose, peer-to-peer users can explore your computer to find private financial information; confidential, personal and professional data; and other sensitive documents.

4. The Internet is a tremendous learning tool that represents a great technological advance for society. But caution should be exercised - everyone, from the most seemingly innocent teens to the hardest of hardened criminals, is out there surfing cyberspace with very few rules (and even less enforcement) to maintain order.

5. If you haven’t been paying attention to what your children are doing on their—or your—home computer, it’s probably time to get involved in a sensible and supportive way.

6. If you haven’t already done so, you probably should consider discussing with your children where they go and what they do on the Internet.

7. Here are a few links for parents to learn more about the Internet and where you can seek guidance on how best to supervise what your children are doing in cyberspace.

FTC Consumer Alert: Risks of Online File Sharing
U.S. Department of Education’s "Parents Guide to the Internet."