What research says: More than 1/4 of teens say they have Internet access in their bedroom where parents cannot monitor and they say they continue to receive texts after lights out.
What parents can do: Make the bedroom Internet free. Remove Internet access from your child's bedroom -- especially after lights out.
Do a "Collect and Drop": Have your kids and teen drop cell phones, keyboards, I-pads or laptops in a designated basket each night and out of the bedroom. Then periodically (but don't tell when!!!) review personal posts, texts, or emails. Just read enough so your teen knows you are checking. Watch your child's reaction when you say: "It's time to check." You can slow down the stealth -- check mode based on past responsibility or as your child matures. Middle school years are when bullying peaks -- so do monitor more frequently during those years.
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