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Talking With Teens About Online Safety

In the past, parents could focus on ensuring that their teens were spending their time in safe, healthy, and supportive places in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. But today’s young people have spent their whole lives in a world where digital media—websites, social media, cell phones and video games—are part of everyday life. This reality opens up new challenges and opportunities for parents, teens, and families. It is important for parents to set expectations about online and social networking behaviors, specifying those that are allowed and those that are not acceptable. Parents also should make it clear to their teens whether they will want access to their teens’ online accounts and activities.

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on July 2, 2019