Should You Snoop In Your Teenager’s Online Activity?
Are they becoming withdrawn? Secretive? Changing friends? Underachieving in school? Possibly experimenting with drugs and alcohol?
Have you noticed a change in their behavior, but they are telling you it’s nothing or don’t worry about it.
Don’t be a parent in denial. Don’t be a parent that is afraid to break a bond of trust in exchange for finding out that there is something you could have helped with.
Recently ABC 20/20 interviewed Sue Klebold, mother of the infamous Dylan Klebold that shot 13 people at Columbine in 1999.
She believed it was time to give Dylan is privacy.
A time she regrets more than anything.
I’m not saying you are raising killers, this is an extreme. However the fact is, teens today are struggling with not only their offline lives — but the pressure of keeping up with the social life of online activity. How many people are LIKE-ng them!
Especially if your child is acting suspiciously and refusing to communicate with you, it’s a parent’s responsibility to reach out and get help from outside sources.
Sometimes the signs are subtle, sometimes they are in plain sight — but many times it can be the parent that is refusing to admit there is a problem. They want to brush it off to adolescence – or they will grow out of it.
Maybe they will – or maybe it is teen-hood, but maybe it isn’t.
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