Question: My teenage daughter recently broke
off a friendship with a group of girls, some of whom I'm connected
to on Facebook. Should I remove the girls from my Facebook friend
Answer: Friendship can be tricky. Add hormones
and adolescence to the mix, along with online communication, and
things get complicated.
The sense of anonymity associated with online communication can
make it tempting to get involved in your child's friendship
quibbles, especially when your child is hurt, angry or frustrated.
Staying out of the fray can be difficult; however, you often can
help your child most by providing support and guidance offline.
While you may be furious and feel protective, avoid a knee-jerk
reaction. Try to get a clear picture of the situation before making
Next, keep your emotions and opinions about the argument
offline. Be cautious when posting something that may be interpreted
as a reference to the quarrel between your daughter and her
friends, or put her in vulnerable position with her social
If the friendship does not resolve, follow these tips.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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