Social Media Savvy

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:53am

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors to address social networking with their young patients.

The internet is a playground where parents can't always keep a watchful eye on their children.

An estimated 20-percent of kids become victims of cyber-bullying.

It’s a nerve-wracking statistic for many parents.

Now, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics urges pediatricians to address online usage and safety during check-ups, and offers tools for moms and dads to navigate the social network scene.

"Parents need to not be scared of technology and to really use it themselves," said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, a pediatrician.

This means going online with kids as soon as they start to express an interest in computers.

The idea is that as kids get older and into social networks like Facebook and Twitter, they'll have the experience to do so safely.

They may even benefit.

"It really does tap into their nature of wanting to just be part of things in ways that we couldn't do without technology," said O'Keeffe.

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