HELPING KIDS WITH SEX AND TECHNOLOGY
5 TIPS TO HELP PARENTS TALK TO THEIR KIDS ABOUT SEX AND TECHNOLOGY
Talk to your kids about what they are doing online and with texting.
Its important for kids to understand that their messages or pictures they send over the Internet or their cell phones are not truly private or anonymous. The recipient can forward them, and the messages or photos can be copied and forwarded later.
Many potential employers have been known to look at online profiles and make judgments and hiring decisions. It’s important that kids understand the potential consequences of any inappropriate actions.
Know who your kids are communicating with. Consider limitations on electronic communication.
Check out your teen’s MySpace, Facebook, blog and other public online profiles from time to time. This isn’t snooping—this is information your kids are making public. If everyone else can look at it, why can’t you?
Make sure you are clear with your teen about what you consider appropriate “electronic” behavior and discreetly follow up!