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|Choosing Online Identification with Your Child|
Each person who ventures online needs an ID - a unique nickname (or
alias) that allows him or her to be recognised while participating in
the Internet community. Even your child will need an ID. When the two of
you sit down to choose one, have fun and be creative.
Don't worry if your child's ID is an inside joke between the two of you. That's fine. Remember, this is one way that the Yahoo! online community will be able to identify your child; let them wonder. You don't want strangers to know too much about your child just from reading their ID.
Online IDs do tend to communicate something about the person behind them, so be certain of what you are willing to share. For example, the name "Butterflyfan" communicates that this user is apparently fond of butterflies. Fine. There is little risk of someone being able to distinguish one fan of butterflies from the millions of others who exist in the world. On the other hand, the name "Butterflies4Jane" goes a little further. It provides someone with a name - both a conversation starter and a misguided sense of familiarity.
When you and your child sit down to brainstorm his or her new online ID, leave out the following personal information: