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It's a friend of a friend, Ayrial says.Yes, Bivens is one of "those moms," she says.Today's kids are meeting strangers, some of them adults, on a variety of apps.It's difficult to say how many kids are pushing digital boundaries this way. But academics, experts like Wistocki and Coffey, and many teens themselves say that it's surprisingly common for kids to live online lives that are all but invisible to most parents.Exposed to tablets and smartphones at an increasingly early age, kids are correspondingly savvier about using them and easily share tips with friends. Parents, by contrast, are both overwhelmed and often naive about what kids can do with sophisticated devices.Yet, Wistocki says, too often parents remain in denial with what he calls "NMK – not my kid".Bivens, Ayrial's mom, uses an app called MMGuardian, one of several available, to manage and monitor her 13-year-old daughter's phone use. Tech experts agree that monitoring makes sense for younger kids.Ayrial still isn't happy that her mom is going through her contacts with her.
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