Dear Amy: When you're chatting online with people and you ask them who they are, how do you know that they are telling the truth? I know that some people on the Internet are fakes. — Kiara, Wichita, Kan.
Dear Kiara: There's no way to know exactly who you're chatting with online. One time I was chatting with a friend, but then she started to say some weird stuff. Later, I found out it was her younger brother pretending to be her. Not everyone pretending to be someone else online does it to be funny. Sometimes strangers online will try to hurt children, so it’s important to stay safe online. For a quick course in online safety, go to www.4kids.org/safesurf.
Dear Amy: Next year I will be going to middle school. What is it like?
— Victoria, Davie, Fla.
Dear Victoria: Middle school is a little different than elementary school. Instead of having a single teacher all day, you will get to take different classes with different teachers. Before moving up to middle school, my class went to orientation day. Older students showed us around the school and answered questions we had. To learn more about middle school, check out http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/middle_school.html.
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