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What are Online Relationships?

What are Online Relationships?

Online relationships are relationships that are formed and maintained through the use of the internet and digital technologies. These relationships can be romantic, platonic, or professional, and can involve a wide range of interactions, such as messaging, video calls, or sharing content online.

Online relationships can be an important and fulfilling part of people's lives, providing them with connections and support they might not have access to in their offline lives. However, it's important to be cautious when forming online relationships and to be aware of the potential risks and challenges that can arise. For example, online relationships can be more easily manipulated or manipulated than offline relationships, and it can be more difficult to verify the identity and intentions of the other person. It's important to communicate openly and honestly, set boundaries, and take steps to protect yourself and your information in online relationships.

How to explain online relationships to a child

Online relationships are friendships or connections you have with people using the internet. You might talk to them on the computer or phone, or share pictures and videos with them. Online relationships can be really fun and interesting, but it's important to be careful and make sure that you're talking to real people and not strangers pretending to be your friends. You should always tell an adult if someone you meet online makes you feel uncomfortable or asks you for personal information. It's also a good idea to use privacy settings and other tools to help protect your safety and security online.

Examples of an online relationship

An online relationship is a relationship that takes place over the internet, typically through social media or other online platforms. While online relationships can be a positive and healthy way for people to connect and communicate, there are also risks involved. Here is an example of how an online relationship can be risky:

Samantha and Jake met online through a social networking site. They started talking and discovered that they had a lot in common. They quickly became close friends and started spending hours each day talking to each other online. They shared personal information and stories, and Jake even sent Samantha some pictures of himself.

One day, Jake told Samantha that he was going to be in her town for a few days and asked if they could meet in person. Samantha was excited to finally meet Jake in person, but when they met, she realized that Jake was not who he said he was online. He was older and looked different from his pictures. Samantha felt scared and uncomfortable, and she quickly ended the relationship.

In this example, Jake was not honest about who he was online. This put Samantha in a potentially dangerous situation when they met in person. It is important for people, especially children, to be careful when forming online relationships and to be aware of the risks involved. It is also important to be cautious about sharing personal information and to always be careful when meeting someone in person for the first time.

Become Internet Independent

Online Relationship is one of the six key topics of cyber safety in the Internet Independent Framework. Download the framework here:


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