We have all received the emails from people saying “forward this on and you will receive $X from…” or the ones that say “this was sent to me by my attorney so you know it’s true…” How can you (and your children) know when something is true and when something is simply an urban legend?

One of the simplest, and most reliable, ways to determine whether something you read online is true or is an urban legend is to go to This is an excellent site to help determine the veracity of claims you read online. The people who run do not claim to be all knowing but they do an excellent job of researching the various stories you or your child might come across on the Internet.

It’s important to teach your children that just because they read something online, whether it’s on a web site or from IM or email, this does not mean it’s true. Using resources such as will help you, and your children, avoid falling for many of the urban legends that are out there.

Have a great day!