O'Keeffe said that while parents need to have open discussions with their children and teens about their online media use, parents probably don't need to be "hypervigilant" about computer use. "We don't keep an eye on our children all the time in real life. At some point, we have to take a certain comfort in the way that we've raised them, and have that confidence that they'll make appropriate choices," she said.
Both experts suggested that if you're concerned about your child's or teen's use of today's technology, your pediatrician can likely help you resolve the issue.
Here's more from the American Academy of Pediatrics on teen use of social media and the problem of sexting.
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