Digital Age Parenting Tips to Protect Their Kids

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Playing Teen Hashtag is a Search Light for Pill Parties

The Doctors discuss how social media can lead to unforeseen consequences for many young people, like how 100 strangers showed up to a party after it was advertised on Snapchat and 6 teens were shot. We discuss tips for parents on how to keep their kids safe in the digital and social media age with attorney and psychologist Dr. Lisa Strohman

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She explains these parties are blasted out on social media channels, and in many cases, people the teen does not know show up, and this can lead to drug use, violence and a slew of other possible issues. She explains a popular type of event is a pill party, where in order to get in, each guest shows up with a prescription drug, which is then taken by other guests. Most of the time, people are not even sure of what they are taking.  

Dr. Strohman also notes that most teens have a social media account that the parent is not aware of, where this type of behavior is taking place. She says this allows them to feel like they have "virtual privacy."

Watch: How to Create Boundaries with Kids who Want to Share Their Lives on Social Media

So what can parents do to protect their kids and what should they look out of as possible red flags. Dr. Strohman suggests to parents:

  • Don't be naive: She feels despite most kids wanting to be good, they will make mistakes and questionable decisions
  • Have a conversation with them: Try to educate, empower and inspire them to make good choices
  • Educate yourself about social media and digital technology
  • Keep asking questions: Ask what they are doing, where they are going and with who

 

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