Parents of teenagers are usually under no illusions about the internet. They know it is dangerous, especially for a young person that thinks they know more than their parents. Sadly, the rebellion that teenagers often display means many parents end up establishing safety precautions that their child violates in secret, a hazard that could have been prevented by keeping these three tips in mind.
1) Do Not Hide The Truth:
There is no benefit to sheltering your child by lying about the reasoning for new rules in the house, and there could be lasting damage. First, teenagers are young and they sometimes do thoughtless things, but they are not stupid. They know the internet is dangerous too, and if you try to put them off about why you are worried, it could damage the trust they feel for you at a time when a loss of trust could lead to another kind of damage by a predator.
2) Get Their Input:
The great thing about being honest with your kids is then you gain another perspective, someone that quite likely understands technology better than you do. Talk to them about the dangers online, of course, but listen to their response as well. If your child feels that you are a safe person to talk to about things that may make them afraid or uncomfortable, it makes them more likely to come to you in the future, when it counts.
3) Don’t Smother Them:
Accept now that you cannot remove all danger from your child’s life, and don’t let the thoughts of one type of danger drive you to try and protect them from all dangers. Set up parental controls, talk to your child about what things they should never do, and add them on social networks. Still allow them privacy to a limited point, though. If you do not let them keep that, they will find a way to hide something else.
Securing the technological aspect will likely prove to be far easier than maintaining your patience with a teenager on many occasions. However, following the tips here at least will help keep the outside dangers at bay as you raise them, however unwillingly, to be adults.