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Parents should monitor children's Web searches and social media activity, police say

June 27, 2011 |  8:28 am

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Officials urged parents to keep tabs on what their children are searching on the Web -- and what they are talking about on social media sites such as Facebook -- to guard against dangerous activities such as sexting.

“Sex and drugs are not something that kids need to go and search for. It’s what our kids get bombarded with. It comes to them,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz, who spoke last week at a forum on Internet dangers held in La Crescenta.

Lorenz recommends that parents monitor their children’s activity by monitoring social network accounts, regulating Internet access on mobile devices and setting Google alerts for their children's names and nicknames. Parents also should visit sites such as urbandictionary.com to familiarize themselves with youth slang -- especially drug-related terms.

La Crescenta resident Bedig Jabourian, a father of two, told the La Cañada Valley Sun that he became interested in the forum after intervening to stop a daughter’s elementary school classmate from posting sexually explicit content on Facebook. “We’re trying to find a balance between [prohibiting online use] and letting them have a Facebook page but keeping an eye on it,” he said.

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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

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