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To the parent with the 14-year-old who violated the family rule about not going to Chat rooms online: You are obviously a caring parent. I wonder, you say this is a family rule. What do you normally do when she breaks a family rule? The logical consequence in this case would be to curtail her access to the computer. And before you allow her back on, write a contract about safe internet use and ask her to sign it. Using the computer today takes good judgment, which she is in the process of developing. In the meantime, she may test limits and make mistakes (it’s part of the process). You will need to monitor and guide her, which may also include restricting her use of the computer unless she makes wiser decisions in the future. Feel free to show her my response and good luck.




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