Q: I’ve noticed risqué postings on Facebook from church teens. What should I do?
A: Online social networking gives teens anew forum for self-expression — for better or worse. A Common Sense Media poll found that more than one-third of U.S. teens have posted information they later regretted.
Don’t ignore worrisome posts — especially if you see a pattern. Instead, discreetly talk to the teen’s parents. Focus on the content, not the teenager. If this conversation would be too uncomfortable, privately speak with your youth minister or pastor. You might also volunteer to lead a short, intergenerational Sunday school class about the dos and don’ts of social networking.