How cell phone passwords can help kids avoid trouble

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How cell phone passwords can help kids avoid trouble

One of the most important things for you to teach your child when you give them their mobile phone is for them to have passwords on their phone. And to not share those passwords with their best, best, best, best friends. And the reason - I'm going to give you an example - say you're an 8th grade boy and you gave your password to a friend when he was looking for something and he really really needed it really badly. So you told him the password. Well the next day your phone is in your backpack as it's supposed to be because you're in school. And your friend thinks it would be absolutely hilarious to go into the backpack, take the phone out, unlock it, stick it down his pants, take a picture of his genitals, and then send it to the girl that he knows you have a huge crush on. Now it looks like you have sent a naked picture of yourself to a girl, who is going to get this picture, freak out, and probably tell her mom, and probably tell the administration, and then your child is going to be in huge trouble for something he actually did not do. And then he's not going to nark on his friend or snitch on his friend because that would be disloyal. Don;'t put your child into these complex situations where it's going to make them look like they've done something when they haven't, or they're going to have to cover for a friend when they shouldn't.

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Rosalind Wiseman

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Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking, fully-revised edition of her bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents and is now being made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema. In 2010, Rosalind published the  young adult novel Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of their Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.  She is now writing a set of companion books for boys and their parents, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013. In addition, Rosalind has written the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country.  She writes the monthly “Ask Rosalind” column in Family Circle magazine, and is regular contributor to several blogs and websites. Also, Rosalind is a spokesperson for LG’s Text-Education Council that aims to inform parents about responsible monitoring of teen cell phone usage. Each year Rosalind works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying.  Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. National media regularly depends on Rosalind as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, and bullying prevention.  She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying campaign. She is a frequent guest on the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360 and Dateline.  She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio affiliates throughout the country. Rosalind holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.

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