We get many requests to address parental control apps in our social media classes. In fact, recently a friend of mine had asked me how to handle an incident she had with her 15 year old son. While confiscating his phone after getting in trouble, she saw that he had messaged every girl in his contact list on Snap Chat to "exchange nudes".
She was livid and needed advice on how to handle this!! She decided to delete the app off his device and take his phone away for a few weeks. During that time he downloaded the app on a different device and was accessing his account.
This got me thinking A LOT! What do parents do in situations like this? What would you do in a situation like this? The question of how much monitoring should I do is a gray area for parents and we struggle with the right answer. And really the right answer is, it depends. That can be the frustrating part. What I mean is ideally when a child gets a device (e.g. cell phone, tablet,...
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