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Mario Almonte joining Bill on KOKS today to talk about teens and technology... You don't have to be a computer wizard to help your kids safely use and navigate through the dizzying array of new technologies being introduced every day. It is a matter of staying well-informed as a parent, and developing a good enough relationship with your children to assure them you always have their best interest in mind with regards to the things they do and the technology they use.
I'm a PR specialist and Blogger for the Huffington Post, with technology and pop culture among my focus (in addition to politics). I'm also the parent of a teenage boy, who stays aware of the types of technology he is using and (hopefully!) how he is using it.
Just because it is a new technology, it doesn't mean that the old rules don't apply. We all teach our children not to talk to strangers on the street. If a stranger approaches them and tries to get them to do something they are uncomfortable with, walk away from the situation or seek out adult help, etc.
It's the same thing when children are online. If on Facebook, don't simply "friend" a total stranger who tries to start a conversation; above all, don't give out your personal information to the "public." As you can see, the old rules don't change just because you're in a digital environment.
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