At the same time, from a developmental standpoint, teens are supposed to be pulling away from the adults in their lives.In a sense, this pulling-away is good for both parents and teens: it's one thing to be an 11-year-old's main confidante, but no parent truly wants a play-by-play of their 15-year-old's date, any more than a teen wants to know the details of his or her parent's romantic life.On the screen in front of me are two small boxes - little video streams - one above the other. The face and bare torso of a man is in the one on top. Beside Gerry's face is a box into which we can type, so that we can chat to one another. He's asking me if I will remove my top so he can see my breasts.He is a complete stranger, and one of the many crude and deviant men I have encountered in the past 30 minutes.
Late on a weekday afternoon and I'm sitting at my computer. Our exchange has lasted barely seconds, but suddenly another message pops up.
1 in 11 14-year-olds say YES.1 in 8 15-year-olds say YES.1 in 5 16-year-olds say YES.1 in 3 17-year-olds say YES."We lie to you because we don't want to disappoint you . Or to read their teen's journal—be it an online diary or a lined book filled with loopy script that was left spread-eagle and spine-up near the family computer . Even without any solid evidence or direct testimony, there are clues when a teen is embarking on a journey for which his or her parents did not plan the itinerary: the left-onscreen IM to a girl with an unfamiliar name that ends "i luv u!
" or a thong underwear in the wash that was not a parent-endorsed purchase.
As parents, we often find it difficult to keep track of these innovations and the manner in which they’re affecting the lives of our children.
As useful as smartphones may be, certain dangers lurk behind the seemingly-innocent features of some apps.
Do you have any idea about what’s on your teen’s mobile phone?