"Internet exposure does not necessarily lead to negative effects, which means it's okay to go online."But the key seems to be learning how to cope with the stress of the experience and knowing how to reduce the chances of being exposed to online risk," said lead researcher Haiyan Jia from the Penn State University.Previous research has advocated limiting online use as a way to minimise risks of privacy violations and traumatic online experiences, such as becoming the victim of cyber-bullying and viewing unwanted sexual materials.

"Parents should be aware that restricting online use completely could hurt their children educationally and socially," she added.Teenagers who are exposed to minimal risks can, over time, develop coping strategies and be more resilient as new, more risky situations arise.

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