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curriculum. As a part of the freshman seminars, students receive a copy of the Massachusetts bullying law, which they review and sign to indi- cate they have an understanding of this. Bender notes that there has been an important change in recent years in terms of how the school handles possible bullying or similar social issues: regardless of when and where the behavior occurs, the school will address it. It is no longer something that needs to happen on school grounds or during school in order for administrators to become involved. How Can Parents Help? Helping our kids handle the digital world and guiding them in appro- priate online interaction is a challenge, even for the experts. During a recent local talk, Dr. Englander joked, "My husband, whose career is in technology, and I should be the best prepared couple in America to deal with this." But Dr. Englander, a parent of three children, readily acknowl- edges that even with their combined expertise, it isn't easy. The good news, Dr. Englander notes, is that parents do not need to be experts on apps and all things digital in order to help facilitate positive online behavior in their kids. Avoiding problems is more about common sense than about understanding technology. Here are some points she makes in talks and in her publications: n START TALKING AND THE YOUNGER, THE BETTER. Don't wait until middle school to start talking about texting and online behavior. Open communication and discussion is key. n WHILE A CONVERSATION ON TEXT OR SOCIAL MEDIA MAY FEEL PRIVATE, IT'S OFTEN NOT. Remind kids that most anything can be forwarded and shared and talk about factors that increase the likelihood of inappro- priate digital communication and sharing. These include heightened emotions, group texts, use of alcohol and other drugs, and small 159 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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