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MASK’s Need-to-Know Summer Tips

Ongoing communication is key on all these topics in regards to raising kids.



When it comes to cyberbullying, live networks of video game systems are yet another outlet for perpetrators to target victims online. Find out what parental controls are available on your gaming system. Adjust settings so that it limits who your child can interact with and keep their gamer profile private.



At parties, tasteless and odorless drugs are often hidden in beverages. If consumed, they can cause disorientation, making your child susceptible to any form of abuse, including rape and sexual assault. Instruct your child to never leave their drink unattended or accept opened bottles. They should either serve themselves or insist on watching anyone that is serving them.



With the prevalence of social media, children are beginning to base their self-worth on the number of likes or followers they have on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Monitor how much time your child spends on social media and teach them that quantity is not what matters.



Learning to establish healthy boundaries is essential for young people as they develop relationships. Talk to them about how they wish to be treated by others. Remind your children that they shouldn’t designate their time to someone who doesn’t wish to follow their boundaries.

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