” and there is always the chance they discover they don’t have that much in common after all.
Ultimately, boyd says, parents do kids a disservice by telling them all strangers are bad.
“She seemed fine, everything he told me about her seemed fine.” When Amie and Aidan met in person at a hotel restaurant, both of their mothers were there.
Most teen online relationships made through interest-driven practices (such as a video gaming or fashion blogging, for example) typically stay online, says boyd, and there is no reason or desire to make a connection further.
“But in a small percentage of those cases, you may find out you have more in common,” says boyd, who describes a hypothetical scenario where an online relationship may go deeper.
You want your child to have healthy interactions with strangers, to be able to size them up, because their lives are going to be full of them.
The default options for online meetings are best for small conference calls or sharing and collaboration sessions with people inside your organization.
Spark, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, described her reluctance and ultimate acquiescence: My “creep” feelers went out.