Contributed by Mary Kay Hoal
It can be very overwhelming for a parent to learn of their child’s true online activities. Most parents immediately take a defensive stance when they first see what their child is posting online, particularly when that parent hasn’t been involved in monitoring their child’s online or cell phone activities — or maybe they have but only at a surface level.
Know, however, that it is for the greater good of that child that you let the parents know what’s going on. Your actions will potentially help the family and the child bypass the potential consequences due to what she posts. Alerting the parents can help that child avoid:
When you’re ready to talk to the child’s parent, consider the following:
Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized expert on children’s social media and online safety. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the kids’ social network Yoursphere.com — sign your kids up today! Mary Kay also offers parents Internet-safety information at YoursphereForParents.com. She has been profiled on CNN, BBC, E!, Fox & Friends, TIME, Lifetime TV and many others. Mary Kay is a contributor to ABC's 20/20 as their family internet-safety expert. For more information visit marykayhoal.com.
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