Internet Friends

How do you guys feel about internet friends? My parents recently had a serious freak-out when I told them I had met a girl that lives in Indiana on the internet. Now before you tell me she could be a predator, I absolutely understand the concern. Everyone gets "trained" at school about this topic. I'm being safe about this relationship. We HAVE FaceTimed and I've went through multiple checklists to secure the fact that she is who she claims to be. So... opinions? Advice?