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Monday, October 28, 2013

Social Media v. Parents: What Can You Do to Protect Your Children?

By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.
New Jersey Business and Personal Law Attorney
Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont

  • Immerse yourself. Know how to create a profile, “friend” your child, and be a part of his online life. He may insist that you don't embarrass him by posting comments his friends can see, but that's okay. You still get a window into his world.

  • Be a model. If you're constantly on the cell or computer, your tween will want to be, too.
  • Power down. Insist that meals be device-free and set a reasonable bedtime.
  • Chat him up. Don't rely solely on a “net nanny” software program to keep your kid from questionable sites. Talk about your and his social-media experiences.
  • Go public. Keep the computer centrally located in the family room or kitchen.
  • Be kind. Discourage meanness, gossiping, and posting anything that's untrue or potentially harmful.
  • Take action. For more info, go to http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide.

    If you would like more information about this topic or have general legal questions, please feel free to contact me at (973)949-3770 or via email at plamont@peterlamontesq.com We answer legal questions on a daily basis and would be happy to discuss any issues or questions that you have with you.  Offices in: New Jersey New York, Colorado & Puerto Rico.  Affiliated throughout the country.

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