A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an important site for tweens and teens to visit because it addresses some of the most common digital dangers. And because the site was designed by MTV, it's edgy and trendy, which means kids might listen to the advice. The real-life stories should definitely make an impact on teens who need to be clearly presented with the possible consequences of online actions.
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Is it any good?
A THIN LINE is a great introduction into the world of digital responsibility, covering everything from the dangers of sexting to how to combat cyberbullying and text harassment. With the classic hip MTV tone, the site shouldn't turn teens off. It's not overly preachy, but lays out the facts and true life horror stories to get the message across. The site though does stumble when it veers into social issues, like controlling relationships, rather than sticking to strictly techno issues, and it ignores the issue of teens meeting strangers online and video chatting. The quiz page is at least worth a spin and should give families a clear understanding of where they are at with their digital diligence.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexting. What does it mean and what are the ground rules for what you should never do with a cell phone? What should you do if a friend sends you inappropriate content via a phone? What should you say if someone asks you to send a picture or content you don't feel comfortable with?
Families can talk about cyberbullying. What can you do to be a forced to stop cyberbullying? If you read or receive a cruel message what do you do? Why is it important to let friends know it's not okay to taunt and tease someone online?
Families can talk about text messaging rules. How many texts are too many? Does your family have times when texting is off limits? Can texting become a tool for controling someone in a relationship? What should you do if someone is texting you too much?