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Jr High Teens and Cell Phones

During middle school kids are entering a new era of self-expression and the search for identity and a way to fit in takes on a new emotional intensity. The shift of focus is from family and close friends, to establishing a presence in a community with peers.  In the cyber realm, middle school marks a cyber rite of passage, which I call, the Junior Explorer (11 to 15 years) and it requires parental attention and monitoring of all cyber communications.

The three most common things that kids experience in their cyber-powered communications during middle school are gossip, bullying and sexually explicit images …

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