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Parents Warned About Technology and Drug Use

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(8/4/2006)

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Cell phones and the Internet are great ways to stay in touch with people. There are other things that teenagers have been doing with this kind of technology too. Some things teenagers have been doing while on the Internet and cell phones are bad.

Everyone used to be worried about sexual predators when their teens used the Internet. Today they have even more to worry about. One big concern about kids using technology today is drug use.

The Internet and cell phones have become ways that some kids get drugs or learn how to use them. They are able to contact drug dealers without their parents knowing about it. This is a very serious concern to many people.

The government is saying that parents need to watch what their kids are doing on the Internet and who they talk to on the phone. Many parents have no idea what their kids are doing while online. One man was shocked when he saw how much information was online showing how to use drugs, make drugs, and buy drugs.

There are some things that parents can do to help. Software products are available that can help with this problem. They can monitor activity on the Internet. This will let parents see what kind of sites their kids have been visiting. Also, parents should keep computers in a common room of the house. It is much harder to be secretive when the family is always near.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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