Instead of scaremongering about the effects of social media on teenagers, parents should be actively involved in their children's online lives, writes Catherine O'Mahony.
I have been 'investigating' teenage use of Facebook in recent weeks. I use inverted commas because my research was not exactly scientific, comprising as it did some spying on the Facebook activity of a teenager who happens to be my 'friend' on the social networking site and chatting to parents.
Still, my study threw up some interesting findings, as follows:
* Teenage girls like to take lots of photographs of themselves in their going-out gear....
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