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Children and parents are being advised to be extra cautious while using the Internet in the wake of the death of an Arkansas girl who was killed by a man she met in an online chat room.

That’s the message being stressed today by a Carlsbad group called I-Safe America. The Internet safety organization says children should never give out identifying information, such as their address, school name or phone number, in a chat room.

They should also be aware that people might try to entice children by offering free gifts. And I-Safe America advises that children should not meet in person with someone they’ve met over the Internet. The advice follows the death of 13-year-old Kacie Rene Woody.

Police say the girl was abducted and slain last week by a La Mesa man who had posed as a teenager while writing to her over the Internet. The man, 47-year-old David Fuller, apparently shot himself after killing the girl.