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Parents pursue online
Sara Wedell of Otsego joins the networks her 16-year-old twins join and talks to them about what they do online. She also Googles them once in a while.
But she understands that jumping into social media can be intimidating for parents. “I almost feel like to educate the kids, we need to educate the parents on the technology we’re using,” she said.
High school freshman Leahy Schultz, 14, of River Falls, Wis., said she welcomes advice from parents and teachers, but doesn’t think parents should have full access to their kids’ accounts. “They should talk to their kids about where they’re going and how safe it is.”
That’s been mom Molly Buck’s approach. She spotted an anonymous “confessions” Twitter account for Apple Valley High School while tracking her teens social media chatter. “I followed that in a heartbeat and told other parents it was out there,” said Buck. However, she was “pleasantly surprised” to see the account was used mostly by student expressing admiration or encouragement, albeit anonymously.
Before he tweets, Kjell Hokanson, 16, of Golden Valley thinks about how it could affect his college career, his parents’ opinions and other people.
“As a teen you have to decide for yourself,” Hokanson said. “You make the final decision on what you do.”