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Opinion: Teens Need Social Networking Education

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

April 6, 2012

In a column for The Ottawa Citizen, Shelley Page cautions parents to discuss with their teens the reality that those angry breakup words, ill-advised photos and mushy proclamations of love--while perhaps posted during a momentary flash of emotion--will live on indefinitely in the social networking sphere. "Many parents think Facebook is harmless fun. Lots of times, it is. But it's also where a lot of teens admit to being 'totally wasted...too drunk to walk' and where name-calling and bullying occurs, in capital letters," Page writes, urging parents to educate their children and teens and remind them, "What happens on Facebook stays on Facebook. Forever."
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