How can I stop my kids from being ‘catfished’?

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Q:The Manti Te’o “catfish” story makes me wonder how I can best prepare my teens for future online friendships. My teens say that kids meet through friends-of-friends online and off, but online they just lie about personal information. I’ve always thought that practicing strong communication skills, honesty, integrity, and trust would help my kids grow… Read more »

Should I let my 14-year-old use the ‘Snapchat’ application?

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Q: My 14-year-old daughter has been begging to get ‘Snapchat’ on her iPod Touch. I searched for information on it and found this and I wasn’t initially impressed… http://www.hercampus.com/school/pitt/snap-chat-sexting-or-friendly-fun. I am tech savvy and know screen shots can easily be saved, but also, if she loses her device and someone else sends something, she could be… Read more »

How can parents make the internet a safe place to play?

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Q: With kids of all ages using the internet for everything from socializing to finding information to playing games, how can we keep them as safe as they can be in that world? -Net Nervous A: Dear Net Nervous, You’re right–just like the school playground, the internet is a place where children play, learn, and… Read more »

Ratings Reality: Who rates our media and what that means for children

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CMCH staff member Kristelle Lavallee contributed the following post to Thriving, Boston Children's Hospital's pediatric health blog. Are you looking to take the family to a movie but aren’t sure whether your child should see The Hunger Games (PG-13) or Bully (unrated)? If you base the decision on the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) ratings, the answer… Read more »