Youth & social media: Being safe in cyberspace

From texting to Snapchatting, social media is how teenagers communicate. But for parents, keeping an eye on their children on social media can be a challenge.

Jon Newman’s daughter is a rising sophomore at a high school in Henrico County, and she texts and Snapchats with her friends so often that her dad describes her cellphone as her “appendage.”

“It is our daughter’s main line of communication to all of her social circle — to her friends and her sports teams,” Newman said. “I ask her all the time: Who is she texting? Who is she Snapchatting with? As a parent, it’s trying to have some control over something you have no control over.”

Many parents feel anxious about their children and social media. But asking questions is exactly what parents should be doing.

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.