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  1. W.C. Murphree
    Sep 20 - 3:55 pm

    I worry about the children of our future, My children are grown but now I have grandchildren and I know it will not be no time at all till they are exposed to all the social media. I guess all you can do is teach them right and pray for them to do the right thing.

  2. Annie Fox
    Sep 20 - 7:05 pm

    W.C. Murphree, I understand completely how unsettling it is for parents and grandparents to think about the dangers social media exposes their kids too. And while it is true that adults who would do children harm lurk online, it’s more often the case that cyberbullying is peer-to-peer harassment. In fact, most often the kids who use social media to torment other kids are former friends of the victim.

    Social media, per se, isn’t the culprit. It’s just the “playground” in which positive and negative interactions take place.

    I don’t know about praying, but I’m totally with you when it comes to parents teaching their kids what is and what isn’t appropriate behavior online. And of course, parents need to be tuned in to their kids’ lives. Not to snoop, not to disrespect healthy boundaries between parents and teens, but to pay attention and to do at least as much open-minded listening to our t(w)eens as we do talking with them. Bottom line, I tell the kids and parents I work with: Don’t ADD to the (social) garbage. Don’t write it. Don’t read it. Don’t forward it.

  3. jill conyers
    Sep 21 - 5:48 am

    An interesting note. As a psychologist contracted with a school district I went to a training on this subject about a month ago. A new problem is textual harassment. It’s way too convenient for the harasser.

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  5. Sarah Link
    Oct 17 - 10:02 pm

    How do you feel online safety and security now that many social networking sites are so easy to access by everyone?

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