There’s a fine line between giving kids independence and being oblivious to what they’re up to. Here’s how to find that balance and keep your children from getting into trouble online, without unduly encroaching on their individual privacy.

Do you remember those public service announcements that pointedly asked, “It’s 10 p.m.; do you know where your children are?” Well, in 2011 your children might be safely home, sitting in their room–but thanks to PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, they can still be at risk. Now, you need to know where your children are–not just physically, but also in cyberspace.The threats they face while online are twofold: