04-24-2017 11:47 PM - last edited on 11-21-2019 04:09 PM by Claire-RO
How do we keep on top of what our teens are exposed to online, whilst still allowing them privacy and the chance to make safe mistakes?
This question came to mind after a recent discussion in the forum about the tv series '13 Reasons Why'. It's quite a controversial show amongst mental health organisations, and a hot topic amongst teens.
My daughter first told me about it, saying she didn't like it. Then it was brought up here and I decided to watch it. (Lesson - in future check out what my daughter is talking about!)
I'm lucky my daughter is very self aware and took care about passing over content that could trigger her - on this occasion (!) My point is though that she brought it to my attention. It made me question is there anything I can do so I'm one step ahead?
She is 15 now so she needs some privacy and space to learn as she's maturing. As such I had stopped requiring login details and acceptance that I was checking on things for her safety. Her schooling is online, her friends are online, books online, games online - so much online! How do we best look after our teens in this environment?
I'd love to hear if you have a system in your house that works successfully, or any suggestions!
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04-29-2017 12:30 AM
04-30-2017 08:08 PM
04-25-2017 01:59 PM
I'm not really sure how except that we now have each other here to draw on so if I see something I'm concerned about I'll mention it so everyone else gets a heads-up
04-26-2017 12:13 PM - edited 04-26-2017 01:10 PM
Such a great question @taokat It's so simple when they're little, you set the parental controls and manage the exposure to inappropriate content as it happens. But when it's related to teenagers your daughter's age, just as you point out, they are at an age where they need privacy and many have earned it. I also think it's virtually impossible to preempt everything they might encounter. My 14-year-old daughter is always showing me the most obscure things her and her friends have found on the internet. There's no way I could anticipate what she might be seeing.
In my view one of the best options is to keep an open, running dialogue happening. Discussing content as it comes up. Asking them how it affects them and helping them learn to become discerning viewers. So you ultimately get the result you did with your daughter who came to you about '13 Reasons Why'.
I also agree with @LovingThruBlue that using this space to help keep each other up to date and aware of what's around is a great solution.
04-26-2017 08:36 PM
I think that's a great idea @LovingThruBlue. I will do the same.
My daughter's the same @Ngaio-RO - she comes to me with all sorts of different things found online. And that's it isn't, we cannot anticipate what they might be seeing. Open discussion I think is our best way of helping them process what they're exposed to as well.
04-29-2017 12:30 AM
04-29-2017 03:52 PM
Hey @Red21, I think talking to our teens and having open communication is the the most realisitic answer too. As you say, they find things out through other means, so by shutting it off at home might not be so productive in having that open communication. It sounds like you have loving and supportive relationship with your kids which can only help them to find their way in the world
04-30-2017 08:08 PM
05-01-2017 05:01 PM
Thank you for your response @Big_Crab. I think we have a consensus is that communication is our most powerful solution for our teens. I agree with the fact that if we can set up trusted and open communication with our kids, we are in the best position to help and support them deal with whatever they come across online.
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