Protecting kids online

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Protecting kids online

How do you protect your preteen from damaging content online? I'm a big proponent of blockers, especially when the are in elementary and middle school. The content could be so subversive to them at such an early age, it's important that's blocked as much as possible. The problem here is, unless you are going to chain your kid to the bed, they are going to be exposed to the environment. They are going to be at other people's house. They are going to be at school. Most of the places they go will have blockers, as well. However, what I recommend is that if you are concerned about the parents, get to know them before your kids go over there. Try to see what kind of parent they are, if they are home the whole time, if they are keeping tabs on the kids. That will make you feel more comfortable going to their house. I've seen very few middle schoolers that are so techno savvy that they can disable blockers. However, as they get older, I think it's important for parents to take the blockers off. Then they are really going to be allocating their time to do things in other places that they are not allowed to do at home. Ultimately, you do want your kid under your roof.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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