"Parents need to understand that this is a very real risk," says Parry Aftab, executive director of Wanda Yee, a mother of three daughters from Ridgeway, New Jersey, requires that they keep their accounts set to private, an option offered by the site so that parents can determine who has access to their kid's page.Kids also use their cell phones to spread the news about parties.Beck demands that her daughter turn off her cell at on weeknights and at midnight on weekends (before this, calls were coming in as late as a.m.! If you're concerned about calls your kid is making, another strategy is to use shared minutes on family plans; that way, you can scrutinize the phone bills.
As they transition into adulthood, many teens find correct etiquette becomes increasingly useful in their social lives.
And yet, dining etiquette isn't necessarily taught in schools or always practiced at home due to busy schedules, eating out and various other reasons.
Learning proper dining etiquette as a teenager sets the stage for future interviews, social events and internships teens will experience in a few years, explains Fiona Cameron-Williams, owner and president of FCW Hospitality and Private Residence Consulting, Inc. What passed for "good" dining etiquette when your child was 8 years old isn't likely to pass as a teenager.
Kids still start pairing off around the same age (between 12 and 14, with more serious relationships usually reserved for the later teen years), and parents still worry about them experimenting with sex.
But these days, there's even more reason for concern.
"I said to my daughter, ‘Tell him he needs to come in.