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How can I teach my child about safe text messaging?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
These days, practicing safe text is just as important as practicing safe sex. It's up to parents to teach their children about how to practice safe texting, and what never to do. Remind them that:
  • Everything sent by text message is not private, like most children think.
  • When a message is sent by text, it can be instantly forwarded to anyone within seconds.
  • Conversations by text message can be used as evidence by the police.
  • A text message can end up being posted on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. The same thing goes for photos and videos sent by text message. Children should assume that nothing sent by text remains private.

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