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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

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My sixth-grade daughter wants an Instagram account. I know “everyone’s got one,” but what about mean girls, stalkers, and topless Miley Cyrus photos? She might think she’s ready, but I’m not.

Social media is a part of our kids’ lives, like it or not, so it’s futile trying to keep them away from it entirely. Lots of kids who are prohibited from opening an account get sneaky and open a private account under a fake name. Others just go on friends’ accounts to see all the stuff you’re keeping them from. You may be thinking, “Yeah, and drinking is still gonna happen in middle school but that doesn’t mean I am going to buy my eighth grader ...

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