Breaking the unwritten code of private texting

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Breaking the unwritten code of private texting

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Mom, dad, you're sitting on the couch. You're watching television with your son or daughter. And they're texting. What are you going to do? I think you should say, "who are you texting?" Now if somebody called your house and you answered the phone, you may say, "can I ask who's calling?" Or you may hand the phone to your child and then say, "who was that that called?" Because there was a communication taking place in your home and you're inquiring, who's my kid hanging out with. Son / daughter, sitting on the couch, texting their friends. "Who are you texting?" "Oh mom, it's just Jimmy." "Let me say hi to Jimmy." Get on your son's phone and say hi to Jimmy. Break down that barrier. Step into their world. Now I'm not saying you need to read every text that he's sending to Jimmy. But you need to make sure that your son and his friend both know that you're involved in their lives.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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