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The attached briefing AFOSI Bulletin Blue Whale Online Suicide Game is a great reminder that we need to be aware of the potential influences on our children through social media.  Though the briefing is about a phenomenon that is occuring in Russia, social media has no borders.  If you child is active on social media, be sure to make it a regular part of your conversations with them.  By being curious and nonjudgmental, you may be able to keep and eye out for problematic behavior.

If your youth is looking to connect with peers https://www.fosterclub.com/ can be a great alternative to Facebook or SnapChat.  It is developed and maintained by former foster youth as a place for foster children to connect, talk and relate to each other’s experiences.  The forums are moderated, which helps provide safety against some of the dangers of open social media platforms.