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An important lesson for teens from another country

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A recent court case might help parents drive home the point to their teens that you are never anonymous online and you should speak about people the way you'd want them to speak about you.

Two Swedish teenage girls, ages 15 and 16, were found guilty of aggravated defamation after they made derogatory comments of a sexual nature about other girls in their town on Instagram.  They used an anonymous account.  

Not only do they have to do 45 hours of community service each, they must pay their victims roughly $2000 each for any distress they caused.

WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton weighs in with a warning: 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR TEENS:

1.  Share an account with them until you are sure they are mature enough to handle social media accounts alone

2.  Monitor their posts

3.  Remind them of the Golden Rule

4.  Show them this court case

The courts are struggling to keep up with these cases. 

A great site to visit with your teen to hammer the point across to think twice before you post is the NSTeens.org site. 

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