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Cyberbullying Girls, Helicopter Moms, and Internet Predators

Lynn Schofield Clark

in The Parent App

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.003.0002
Cyberbullying Girls, Helicopter Moms, and Internet Predators

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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

Chapter.  8999 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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