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 list?
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 judgments.
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 group.
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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