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almost 13 year old Half-sister - January 8th 2018, 05:46 AM

So my half-sister who I have never met before is going to be thirteen at the end of this month. I don't think her parents really pay much attention to her. I am betting on the fact that her father doesn't (because he never gave a damn about me and I was 5 outside with my special ed sister while he slept). I am not to sure about her mom. But I don't think her mom has great judgment since she started dating my "father" when she was 14. Anyways I am not sure if veronica is slow like my sister meghan but I think she may have some special needs. I am getting off track. My concern is that she seems to be to obsessed with a celebrity. I mean teens will be obsessed by she will tag him on insta and then give out her number. She also is really friendly and it seems like she friends anyone on insta. I don't think hers is private. And she has posted pictures and videos from right outside her bedroom window. I think she is just really lonely and may be depressed. But I don't want anything to happen to her. I don't know if I should talk to her about this or not.


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Re: almost 13 year old Half-sister - January 8th 2018, 06:03 AM

The younger someone is, the more they tend to feel like they're invincible, which leads them to act without thinking about the potential consequences of their actions. It sounds like that's what your half-sister is doing now. Perhaps you can try sitting her down to have a talk with her about the importance of keeping certain things private online and Internet safety as a whole. Let her know that, while making friends is always a positive, glimpses into her personal life should only be reserved for people that she knows in person. You may also want to touch on the risks of putting information like a phone number in a public forum. The most important thing is that she understands why it isn't a good idea and that what you're saying comes from a place of love and concern. Knowing that will make her more likely to be receptive to what you're saying instead of brushing it aside.


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Re: almost 13 year old Half-sister - January 8th 2018, 06:07 AM

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The younger someone is, the more they tend to feel like they're invincible, which leads them to act without thinking about the potential consequences of their actions. It sounds like that's what your half-sister is doing now. Perhaps you can try sitting her down to have a talk with her about the importance of keeping certain things private online and Internet safety as a whole. Let her know that, while making friends is always a positive, glimpses into her personal life should only be reserved for people that she knows in person. You may also want to touch on the risks of putting information like a phone number in a public forum. The most important thing is that she understands why it isn't a good idea and that what you're saying comes from a place of love and concern. Knowing that will make her more likely to be receptive to what you're saying instead of brushing it aside.
Thanks, I'd have to do it on skype or phone since I've never met her and she lives in a different state.


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Re: almost 13 year old Half-sister - January 8th 2018, 11:25 PM

I think something worth mentioning to her is that celebrities are strangers, they are not her friends. They portray characters on her favorite TV shows or movies, they are doing a job. There are hundred of other young individuals out there who are doing the same thing without a second thought, giving their "Queen" their phone number or personal details. I agree that you should reach out to her from a place of concern. If you feel more comfortable, perhaps you can write her an email or a letter and send it. That might be received better than talking to her over Skype or on the phone.
   
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Re: almost 13 year old Half-sister - January 9th 2018, 02:56 PM

I think reaching out could be beneficial because it might show her that someone cares. You said that you don't think her parents are doing very much parenting etc so it's possible that she doesn't feel as though anyone cares about her and is doing these things to feel cared about in some way. Of course, reaching out might not stop her from continuing to do these things but it might allow her to see that she could, potentially, reach out to you in the future.

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