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When a parent discovers her daughter has been sexting photos of herself to various people, what can they do? This mom wasn’t aware of parental controls on the smartphone, router, or even blocking services provided by the cell phone company. She had no friends, neighbors, or family that she could turn to for information or the means to effective search on the internet for ways to handle this matter. All she knew was to turn her daughter into the police where they began to educate and recommend proper counseling for their family.
Parents, let this be a valuable lesson. If you know someone that doesn’t appear to know what to do when their children are being inappropriate online, offer to help them out. Organize all the parents to get together to discuss current issues that are affecting their kids and the internet. After the list is compiled, find an individual who is well versed in technology, social media, and is also a parent that can take this list and provide a learning session for the parents. The more education and support, the less of these situations in the video above that can be avoided.
I understand the feeling of desperation a parent can have not knowing how to deal with certain matters as it pertains to their kids but by no means, should you feel completely alone and without a way out.