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My 10-year-old is looking for "hot girls" online

We asked an expert how to approach questionable web content with your curious tween.

By Parry Aftab, founder of WiredSafety
My 10-year-old is looking for "hot girls" online

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Q: I think my 10-year-old son has been searching online for “hot girls.” (I checked his browser history.) I'm alarmed, but also kind of amused. My wife and I are debating how to handle it.

A: First of all, you should be delighted that’s all he’s looking for! And it might not be what you think – “Am I Hot” sites and videos are popular with school kids now. Get the facts before you have “the talk.” Was he alone at the time of the search, or with friends? How many sites did he visit, and for how long? Don’t accuse him. Say, “I don’t know if you were the one who searched for ‘hot girls.’ But if you were, I’m here for you if you have any questions about what you saw.” Continue to monitor his online activity; many parental control filters are free.

This article was originally published on Jun 06, 2012

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