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iParent - where parents can learn about the digital environment

Teenagers are great adopters of the latest technology and this includes mobiles, Apps, the internet and all that the digital age has to offer. Mobile technology has many benefits for teenagers - it can help them connect with family and friends and develop a sense of belonging amongst their peers;  it can keep them safe and in contact with their parents so they can text parents to let them know the school bus is running late. Mobiles can also be used in an educational setting and be used as a tool to create and edit digital content. However, the same technology can also be used by some to cause harm to others in ways ranging from cyberbullying to inappropriate content as well as more predatory and even criminal behaviour. There are risks associated with being online and teenagers and their parents need to be aware of the dangers so they can help minimise these risks.