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Talking to your kids about making online confessions

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Transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history last week, when she was named homecoming queen at a Huntington Beach high school.  

But after what was initially the “happiest day” of her life, she started receiving nasty comments on social media. In response, she made an extremely personal, emotional YouTube video about how the criticism made her feel.

The video has gone viral, which fanned even more backlash. How should parents help their children navigate their online lives?

What should kids know before deciding to share so much of themselves online?

What is our responsibility as a society in responding to these very public confessions, which are becoming more and more common?


Julie Cederbaum, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Social Work