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10 Technologies that Bring the Family Closer


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Social Networking
Little one too young for Facebook? Share a page with her and teach her safe social networking tips.
Little one too young for Facebook? Share a page with her and teach her safe social networking tips.
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Notes on the refrigerator? Phone calls to check in? What is this, 2001? Today, many teens find it easier to update their Facebook profile than to call Mom and Dad. Critics have said that the Internet imposes isolation, but if you use social networking the right way, it can actually bring your family closer together.

Establishing a family Facebook profile can help your child learn to use social media responsibly, and a family-centered Twitter account can be used to quickly and easily update your loved ones wherever they are, no matter what they're doing. You may not like the idea of being able to get in touch with your teenage son (and his friends) all the time, but it's nice to know you can.


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