“So, let’s have a frank conversation about what these things are if that’s what the kids need to talk about,” she says.
“And let’s do it in classroom setting, with highly qualified, credentialed teachers, who know how to have those conversations.
But I'm still afraid of losing control over my child's interactions with her peers. According to a Congressional report, one out of five kids has been solicited online for sex, usually by someone they met in a chat room or through instant messaging.
The Kaiser Family Foundation tells us that 70 percent of teenage Internet users have accidentally encountered pornography on the Web, and that half of those kids said they were very upset by the experience.
They hired a local lawyer and put together a petition with more than 2500 signatures.
Their target: a sex-ed book published by Mc Graw Hill.
It offers the traditional advice and awkward diagrams plus some considerably more modern tips: a how-to for asking partners if they’ve been tested for STDs, a debate on legalizing prostitution.
I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the Internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.Many parents find it helpful to write up an "Internet use contract" spelling out what sites their children are allowed to visit, how long they are allowed to stay online, and what to do if someone they're communicating with requests personal information or says so and agree on the consequences that will result if the rules are violated.