babygirlie- how are the people who get on the internet that much different than people you meet IRL? They are the same people, excluding perhaps some who might not be literate. I might be reading this wrong but I'm getting this jive from your post that the "internet" is this creepy place filled with billions of freaky individuals out to manipulate other people.
If I'm interpreting that right (and I very well might not be) I take great offense to that. I've met some of my best friends here in cyberworld- mostly other mothers, other knitters and spinners and a variety of other kind, real humans.
I think if you are mothering with love, trust and empathy as well as instilling within them the ability to make good judgment and reason then you will see how keenly they are able to weed out the "freaky" and "creepy".
Why would that offend you? One certainly does not exclude the other. I use the internet to keep in touch with old friends I would never even speak to anymore if it was not for the web (I am an expat, people lose touch easily). I also met some great new IRL on the web. On MDC, actually. However, I am not naive enough to think that there are no dangers on the internet. You and I are able to decide for ourselves which kinds of interactions are safe, and which are not. Teen children might not be. While the web is full of great, wonderful people, it's also a tool for criminals and pedophiles to operate more easily and find potential and actual victims.
Great if your teens have excellent judgement. That should be everyone's goal, I think. Nonetheless, the internet remains a dangerous place, as well as a wonderful one.