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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.

6th January, 2013
These days, teenagers need to make judgment calls more or less daily about how and what they communicate.

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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