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Parenting Ideas by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - never has anything that catches her off-guard.
Now she is the person everybody in these parts calls whenever they have problem.

Her column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.


Chat Room Safety for the Kids

The Internet has become as common as the phone in the lives of this current generation of children.

The Internet may soon pass the telephone as the primary communication tool used by children.

In a recent survey of 166 middle-schoolers, 13 children reported being asked to meet in person someone they met in a chat room.

Eight of these children actually did meet face-to-face, while the other five refused.

Fifteen students reported being asked by a chat room stranger to send photos of themselves - 11 students did.

One student (Jr. High) met their online buddy (a complete stranger) alone at a motel!

Good Parenting Action Points:

  • No matter how mature you may think your child is they still lack the wisdom and good judgment that comes with life experience. This applies dealing with people they meet online.

  • If your child spends time in chat rooms make clear to them they are never, ever to meet an online stranger in person without your involvement and supervision.

  • Do you have Parenting ideas or secrets to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Linda!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word PARENTING in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)


    Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little beasties.

    Linda


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