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How can I help protect my child from text message harassment?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
Help protect your child from textual harassment -- a form of harassment sent by text message with the intent to threaten physical harm, harass, or bully -- by constantly checking your child's cell phone for inappropriate applications, photos, or text messages. Review your child's cell phone bill for unrecognizable numbers and ask your child to whom they belong. If they refuse to tell you, then call the number yourself. Numbers called are date- and time-stamped on your bill. If a number that you don't recognize appears on your statement at late hours for long periods of time, or numerous text messages appear from a number that you don't know, it's cause for suspicion.

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