It is important as a parent or caregiver to be familiar with the general operations of the computer and the Internet. The more you know, the more you can educate your child and prevent them from harmful predators and cyberbullying. Basic computer courses are offered at local park districts and junior colleges. Have your child sit and show you how to use the computer, how the Internet works, what websites they visit, and how they navigate to them. It is also important to know how blogs, social networking sites, and email works too. Internet environments (online chat rooms, instant messaging, social networking, etc.) are equipped to send messages rich in abbreviations, acronyms, and other shorthand that help increase the speed of communication. It is important to familiarize yourself with these messages so that you can understand conversations being held between your child and another.