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Techno Parenting

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Preso from our middle school counselor on cyber-parenting with special emphasis on social networking/Facebook

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Techno Parenting

  1. 1. Techno Savvy Parenting: Get Involved! Chrissy Laycob, M.S., LPC February 19, 2009
  2. 3. It IS Your Responsibility! <ul><li>Don’t expect that children and teens will “make good choices” </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved as much as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Set the standards immediately and when your children are young. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t leave the parenting to monitoring software </li></ul>
  3. 4. Do you know what your kids are doing? <ul><li>93% of parents felt they knew what their children were doing on the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>41% of students grades 5-12 said they do NOT share information with their parents about what they are doing online. </li></ul><ul><li>(I-Safe, 2005-2006) </li></ul>
  4. 5. How to monitor your kids online
  5. 6. How can you monitor your kids online? <ul><li>Start as early as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Make it an enjoyable experience </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Find out who they are talking to and what are they posting online </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive about the good choices they make </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to have your child regularly invite you into their online world. </li></ul>
  6. 7. What about privacy? <ul><li>There is no such thing as privacy online! </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, even with privacy features. </li></ul><ul><li>All their activities should be under your open and direct supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>Your children should be able to earn the right to greater privacy as they get older. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Middle Schoolers on Facebook <ul><li>What are the risks? </li></ul><ul><li>Age restriction of 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Take a developmental approach. </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace and Facebook are not appropriate during Middle School years. </li></ul><ul><li>If your child is on Facebook: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please monitor their profile daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know all usernames and passwords </li></ul></ul>

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