10. Keep the Lines of Communication Open To Prevent Cyber-Bullying.
Tricia, of California, recalls the time a neighbor informed her that Tricia's 14-year-old son had texted the neighbor's daughter 37 times in one weekend, asking her to sneak out of the house, meet him and "make out." He continued texting her, even though she rebuked his advances. Tricia immediately sat her son down to talk about his unacceptable behavior. First, she told him that sneaking out of the house was a risky behavior, along with drinking and drugs. He hadn't considered this serious, nor did he think that 37 texts was an excessive number to send. Tricia pointed out that it could be considered stalking and that "no means no" if the girl says she isn't interested in seeing him. She suspended his texting plan through the duration of high school.
Be on the lookout for cyber-bullying—when someone will constantly send messages to your child with threats to hurt or harass her. Create an atmosphere in which your child feels comfortable coming to you with any troubling information. Let her know she won't be judged or criticized for being honest. This will be the best safeguard against any harms inflicted by the high-tech communication world.
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