Part one: Navigating the virtual world

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Donna Irons's home is a judgement-free zone.

When her daughter Darien, 9, said she wanted to dress like a boy, Irons embraced the idea.

"There's times when she says 'Mom, I should've been a boy,'" she said. "If that's what makes her happy, then that's her. Or if she wants to be him, that's him."

5 News' Mike Valente sat down with Irons, who huddled close to Darien on the couch, to talk about the challenges of parenting, especially during a time when social media is ubiquitous.

"Like now it's everywhere, that's all they do," Irons said.

Irons says her open-door policy with her two youngest, Darien, 9, and Xaviar, 10, includes giving them the option to have social media accounts if they wish.

"They're going to be on it," she remarked. "You just gotta know their passwords. You gotta control it."

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Nicewarner, a former Bridgeport High School football coach, Irons says these conversations are more important than ever.

The full story is in the video above, and join us next week for the second part of the series.

On November 16, we'll explore how the technology policy in Harrison County Schools has evolved in light of the accusations against the former coach and teacher.