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Cellphone Parenting

My kid's friend texted an embarrassing photo of her to other friends. What should I do?

If your kid's friend texted an embarrassing photo to their other friends, it may be a form of cyberbullying. Talk to the other kid's parents -- and show them the evidence. Explain how your kid felt. Ask why the friend did it. The friend may not have realized it would have the impact it did. As you speak to the friend's parents, don't accuse, but do make sure you're all on the same page about what's appropriate behavior. Make sure your kid doesn't retaliate, but do make sure they're standing up for themselves and have supportive friends who also will stand up to bullies. Also, consider discussing the matter with your kid's school -- the bully may be acting out due to other problems.

Has your kid ever had a friend send an embarrassing photo?

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