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Parents should sit down with their kids and come up with a list of five trusted adults they can talk to about problems, she said. When issues or questions arise about online activity, kids know where they can go to ask questions and seek advice.
“We want to make sure they are surrounded by this safety net,” Feigh said.
She advises teens to save sex questions for real-life conversation with trusted adults. Consider your current emotional state before posting online. “If you're really upset, back away from the computer,” she says.
Most important, she reminds students there are no takebacks on the web. Posting on the web is like a pillow fight on a windy day, she tell kids: Feathers fly.
“When it’s done and the dust has settled, you can’t take it back because you don’t know where it’s gone,” Feigh said.
Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804