Wanda Yee, a mother of three daughters from Ridgeway, New Jersey, requires that they keep their accounts set to private, an option offered by the site so that parents can determine who has access to their kid's page.
Remember sitting by the phone, waiting for a boy to call and ask for a date?
Kids still start pairing off around the same age (between 12 and 14, with more serious relationships usually reserved for the later teen years), and parents still worry about them experimenting with sex.
"I have an 11-year-old middle schooler who came home saying that a boy wanted her to have oral sex with him in the parking lot," says Tonja Krautter, a psychologist in Los Gatos, California, who works with adolescents.
"A lot of kids have this idea that it's no big deal." Kids who think this may be missing crucial messages about sexually transmitted diseases and self-esteem.
"Parents should offer guidance to their teenagers, but they should recognize there's a limit to how much the kids will listen." Dr.
Rosenfeld also recommends (from Rutgers University), the American Social Health Association, for information about sexually transmitted diseases), and (from Children's Hospital Boston, for girls).
While the dangers should be obvious, teens can be oblivious.
"Parents need to understand that this is a very real risk," says Parry Aftab, executive director of
Virtual and/or online learning has begun to change the face of the way American children are being educated.