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Facebook Chat: Raising Teens in the Digital Age
A growing number of parents are worried about their children when they are on the internet, given the lurid nature of certain teenage chatrooms and the ease with which adults can infiltrate what are supposed to be teenage-only preserves. Most schools run such well-filtered and protected systems that their pupils cannot get anywhere harmful, but at home it's a different story. Most of the big internet service providers run a "chatroom" system with headings such as sport, business, overs or teens. People adopt a user name such as Naughty Angel or Rude Rodent and enter a room with up to other users. A constant babble of typing is going on in the main window where everyone can see and respond to everyone else. Usually the hosts service providers supervise the main chatrooms, where they root out bad language or sexy talk and ban offenders.
How to Protect Kids in Chat Rooms
Some teens feel that they don't need it, or are not ready for it until later adolescence We have seen that for some teens, getting a Facebook earlier around age and having parents set rules around how it is used can help that teen learn to use it in a safe way. One is being trustworthy, setting up times that you look through the Internet activity together and discuss what you are seeing. Setting up those meetings on some sort of reliable schedule can help your child understand this is a topic that is important to you, which will help Internet safety become a topic that is important to him or her. A second concept is being inquisitive, asking questions about what your child likes to do online, what challenges he or she may have found, and asking directly about whether he or she has experienced any scary situations.
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