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Our award-winning Kid's Health Magazine is designed to provide healthful information for your growing child. Please Note: Kid's Health Magazine is no longer being printed. Please visit our blog at http://www.choc.org/blog for the latest articles about your child's health from the experts at CHOC Children's. You can also receive our electronic Kid's Health newsletter in your inbox by subscribing to our mailing list: http://www.choc.org/subscribe

Ask the Expert:
Grace Mucci, Ph.D., ABPdN is a board certified CHOC pediatric neuropsychologist

Parents can do a lot to protect their kids by setting rules for media moderation. It’s good to have limits on how much TV kids can watch, and the same goes for online and texting time.

Even though kids often test a parent’s limits, young people need rules because it helps them build a sense of security.

To protect the kids in your home, consider these tips:

  • Set house rules for when it’s OK—and not OK—to text. For example, don’t allow texting during family meals. These rules should apply to everyone in the family—even adults.
  • Get to know what your child or teen does online. Conversation starters include, “What did you write on MySpace today?” or “Any interesting posts on Facebook today?” Ask to see your kids’ online profiles so you can understand how they work and who has been chatting with your children.
  • Start a conversation with your kid about inappropriate use of texting and “sexting.” Tell children that text messages should never contain inappropriate pictures or images that make them feel uncomfortable. For older kids, stress that “sexting” is always inappropriate and that whenever they share private information or pictures in cyberspace, they have no control over who sees it and what they do with it. This could have a serious impact on their personal security and future.

If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, speak to a school counselor or his or her pediatrician. You can also call the CHOC Parent Advice Line (PAL) 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 714-912-8927.

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