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Megan Moreno: There are definitely teens out there who choose to stay away from social media, and they do just fine.
Some teens feel that they don't need it, or are not ready for it until later adolescence... Sometimes teens even feel relieved when their parents tell them it is OK to notbe on Facebook, or talk with them openly about the risks and benefits of these sites. Megan Moreno: Facebook has a minimum age limit, so that is a good starting point for setting limits.
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The web, e-mail and chat are vastly different tools, used in vastly different ways, and presenting different risks and benefits.We have seen that for some teens, getting a Facebook earlier (around age 13-14) and having parents set rules around how it is used can help that teen learn to use it in a safe way. Megan Moreno: I think that a couple concepts can help parents navigate those tricky monitoring approaches.One is being trustworthy, setting up times that you look through the Internet activity together and discuss what you are seeing.It is traditional for those of us who have been online for many years to leap to the net's defence at times like this, arguing that parental ignorance is to blame and that anyway the net brings benefits which far outweigh any risks it may pose to children. Shevaun's disappearance was the net's fault and we have to accept this.She would not have had any contact with her 31-year old ex-Marine if it had not been for the easy access to e-mail and chat that today's children seem to demand as a right, and we should not pretend otherwise or blame inadequate supervision.