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Social Networking - What goes online, stays online -- forever!

  • Check social networking pages to make sure there is no identifying information that can endanger you or your teens/children.

  • Know teen’s and children’s passwords.

  • Monitor their cell phone use (texting, pictures and apps). 

  • Require online use in to be open area where you can monitor.

  • Connect only with people you know in real life.  

  • Never provide personal information to someone via social media. 

  • Do not share passwords or personal account information.

  • Check privacy settings. 

  • Manually switch profile to private mode. 

  • Turn off location tagging so no one knows your whereabouts.

Basic Safety 

  • Lock up alcohol, medications, marijuana, marijuana edibles, drugs, guns, and other potential hazards such as cleaning agents. 

  • Do not drive under the influence of any substance. 

  • Be sure at celebrations to have a designated nonuser able to respond to emergencies, especially if younger children are present. Events for children should be alcohol/drug free. 

  • Set clear rules about teen/children’s use. 

  • If hosting a party for teens/children, keep it in an easily monitored area. Make regular unobtrusive checks. If your teen is attending a party, check in with parents beforehand. 

  • Keep track of and dispose safely of  “sharps” (razors, exacto-knives, syringes). Do not share needles. 

  • If teen is sexually active, participant only in consensual and protected sex.


  • Talk about bullying. 

  • Encourage teen/child to tell you if they witness or are the victim.

  • Monitor online activities and people teen/child interacts with.

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