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The Parent AppUnderstanding Families in the Digital Age$
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Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.001.0001

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Cyberbullying Girls, Helicopter Moms, and Internet Predators

Cyberbullying Girls, Helicopter Moms, and Internet Predators

(p.28) Chapter 2 Cyberbullying Girls, Helicopter Moms, and Internet Predators
The Parent App

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter acknowledges that earlier sections of this book have largely relied on positive parenting stories, but that we need to pay attention to the cautionary tales. Therefore, the chapter introduces the story of Lori Drew, the “cyberbullying mom” implicated in Meghan Meier's suicide. It also introduces Kayla Torelli, a teen with unhealthy Facebook practices, and reviews a teen focus group discussion on experiences with would-be Internet predators. Exploring teen resistance to parental helicopter parenting, the chapter questions the ways in which technologies make it easier than ever for parents to become over-involved in their children's lives through surveillance and other forms of privacy invasion, and the impact that such practices may have on parent/child relationships.

Keywords:   helicopter parenting, intrusive parents, entitlement, expressive empowerment, Lori Drew, Meghan Meier, cyberbullying, suicide, Internet predators, Kayla Torelli, focus group

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