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Not everyone is familiar enough with social media to make the best educated decisions. It may very well be that the friend's mother wants to add her daughter's friends as a way of keeping tabs on her daughter's online social activities. I don't think this an unreasonable approach, although it doesn't guarantee that she'll be able to see any inappropriate ...


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Infants and toddlers don't yet have the information to understand normal, basic, face to face social interactions. They cannot understand the point of social media, publishing, and broadcasting. Lay the basics first, then layer on the advanced stuff.


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While I personally only friend teens who I'm relatively close to (or would like to be closer), like my nieces and nephews, and would not encourage a teen to accept a stranger's friend request, I don't see a problem with accepting an adult acquaintance's friend request. I think our society has suffered somewhat by keeping children mostly segregated in their ...


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You use the same approach you would use for just about any other "how to protect my children" question. Step 1: educate yourself. The first thing you have to do is educate yourself. What does your child do online, and where are the risks they're going to face? If you have a good relationship with your child, you can ask them about it directly. You can ...


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Unfortunately a lot of the Internet is a 'Wild West' environment - you cannot completely prevent cyber bullying. That said, there are a number of options which can help. I'm guessing you are not a parent, but this topic is likely to be of interest to parents and children alike. Facebook has a specific anti-cyber-bullying team that you can report incidents ...


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I don't think it is necessary to use all the technology that your children are using to help them understand how to use it safely. There are way too many apps and other things that they can use and will use in the future for you to be able to use all of them and then teach them proper usage. I feel that if you explain basic concepts like don't give out ...


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It really depends on the parent, and her relationship with her kid's friends. I don't have a teenager, yet, but I worked for 6 years as a middle and high school music instructor, and have had students add me over the course of those years (I had created an alternate account for this, to provide separation from my "professional" life activity and personal ...


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There are more than a few studies done on the growth of grade school children in terms of their impact on social and academic success. Just a quick google brought these up: "The Influence of Social Networking Participation on Student Academic Performance Across Gender Lines" "Is Growing Up in the Digital Age Preparing Elementary School Children for ...


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Social networks are just another way to relate to others. Educating children into relationships is part of parent´s duties. You should use FB to experience its full capabilities and risks. Mainly you should educate your children to show respect to others, be it in a social network or any other social relation.



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