AAP provides strategies for dealing with kids and technology - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/09

AAP provides strategies for dealing with kids and technology

By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with some tips to help parents protect their kids as they enter the world of texting and social networking. 

Experts say it's crucial for moms and dads to join social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace, and become online "friends" with their kids so they can better monitor them.  They also encourage parents to talk with their older children about "sexting", which refers to text messages with pictures of children and teens who are naked or engaged in sex acts.  Kids of all ages should know that sexting is considered a crime in many areas.

Experts have noted that peer pressure can play a big role in texting, so the AAP suggests that parents collect cell phones from teens and "tweens" when they go to parties or large gatherings to reduce the risk of temptation.

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