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Bottom line: as parents, it's our responsibility to protect our children from the many risks they face in today's toxic culture.It would also be an excellent idea to invest in Internet filtering software or sign up with a provider that blocks objectionable Web sites and allows for parental monitoring.There are also software programs available that will allow you to keep track of every key stroke your child makes when sending an e-mail or an instant message.What's your opinion on teens getting involved in social networking and online chat rooms?I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the Internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.Once you've had this discussion, tell her that, in order to ensure her safety, you're going to be setting up some new guidelines for using the Web. Here at Focus on the Family, we take the view that parents should never, ever allow a child to have a computer with Internet access in his or her private bedroom. If this is the situation in your household, you're going to need to make some changes.
Move the computer to a common area of the house, such as the kitchen or family room, where mom and dad can easily look over your daughter's shoulder to see what kind of sites she's visiting.
I'll call bad girl "Gina", although I honestly do not remember her name. That year we loved this new rap/rock group, The Beastie Boys.
We'd play their Licensed to Ill tape over and over on her boom box.
Many parents find it helpful to write up an "Internet use contract" spelling out what sites their children are allowed to visit, how long they are allowed to stay online, and what to do if someone they're communicating with requests personal information or says so and agree on the consequences that will result if the rules are violated.
If you have further questions or concerns, we hope you will feel free to contact Focus on the Family's Counseling Department.
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