What You Can Do Help your child enjoy the benefits of technology, while minimizing the risks. Tap into your child’s interests and expertise. Ask your child to show you some websites that are popular, and to share some of his/her favorite sites. This is a great way to stay connected, keep up on technology, and to bond with your child. Discuss what information is appropriate for social networking sites, and what information is appropriate (and inappropriate) for your teen to share online. Find websites that support your child’s interests and passions, and that help your teen prepare for a career and/or college. Discuss the importance of being respectful and kind to others online. Also remind your child to never put anything online that he/she would not want a parent, teacher, or college admissions officer to see. Remind your child that people online may not be who they say they are, and to never put personal information online (i.e., phone number, address, etc.). Make sure your child understands that when you send or post something, it becomes permanent. Remind your teen to never send or post something he/she doesn’t want to be seen forever.