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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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a “friending” intervention

teaching your teen how to “make friends” on social networking sites

Here's the Problem

Do you think the dictionary has “friending” in its newest edition? The spell check on my computer keeps telling me that it's not a word. Oh, it's a word all right! I have a paltry 147 “friends” on Facebook and I am proud to say I know every one of them.

Your teen, on the other hand, probably has well over 500, of whom 400 are total strangers. But the guys are probably “hot” and the girls “hotter,” and therefore they fit the criteria for “friending.”

As adults we're well aware of the dangers of these anonymous friends. Just pick up ...

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