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Do social networking websites raise my child's risk of substance abuse?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends: This would depend the type of people on the site. Drug use and experimentation is influenced by peer pressure. You need to know what sites your child is using and monitor the use.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
No: It is a personal choice - educate the dangers.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
You cannot prevent your child from interacting with peers in this way, and if you try, you will simply make Junior angry, and rightly so. Give him/her a good example and reasonable guidelines, and chance are that you will have no problems. Letting go of your children to fare on their own is a sorry and a joy -- let Junior know if he/she makes mistakes, you're still there to love & help.
Nov 5, 2013

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