Set Up an E-mail Account for Your Child That You Can Monitor
By Terri Mauro, About.com Guide
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Let your child know what you're planning.
On the face of it, monitoring your child's e-mail sounds like an invasion of privacy, especially if you have a teen with special needs. Obviously, this will not be an acceptable set-up for all kids and parents. However, if your child is vulnerable to cyberbullying, fearful of unwanted correspondence, or susceptible to bad decisions, it may be agreeable to both of you to have protective parental eyes on any messages that move through. Talk with your child about what you want to do and why. If this is the only condition in which you will allow e-mail, discuss that. Then, when you're in agreement, move on to the set-up.
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