Tips for handling late night texting

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Tips for handling late night texting

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Moms and dads, you can't get mad at your kid for getting a text at 3:00 a.m. and waking them up. They didn't send the text, but you allowed it to happen in your home. When I was a kid, I had a phone in my house. It was the one phone in the whole house and the whole family had to use it. I didn't have the one phone in my bedroom. I didn't have access to technology. We didn't, but today kids have this technology. Somehow we get caught up in the idea that it's their technology. It's their phone. They should have it with them. We should manage this technology in our home. That means, when it's time for bed, they go to bed. The phone stays downstairs. It gets charged in the kitchen or your bedroom. The idea is you can't get mad at your kid for getting that message, "whazzup," at 3:00 a.m. That message came from somebody else, but it woke your kid up. You can only be mad at yourself for allowing it to happen. My recommendation is to try and find ways to keep those technologies away from your child during sleep time.

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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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