Technologies are changing everyday it seems; with new models of gadgets and upgrades for apps coming out regularly, most adults have a hard time keeping up with these advancements. You can bet that this fact doesn’t escape the notice of your teenage children, and they may use this to their advantage.
In our therapy program, we come across many adolescents that have used their knowledge of technology to hide their somewhat ‘illicit’ online activities from their parents. We thought that we should share this information with parents, so as to prevent an oncoming cyber or porn addiction.
First things first, you should accept the fact that your kids may know more about gadgets, apps and the internet than you do, proceed with that in mind.
It can be difficult to keep track of all the ways that your teens can access inappropriate content online, but you still have to try your best to restrict their access to explicit sites. You can learn how to manage this all with some tutorial videos, which can help learn more about the latest technology.
Another approach would be to hold an open dialogue with your kids’ about their online activities. You have to patient and understanding when you discuss this topic with them. This communication may allow you to teach them what they can and cannot do while surfing the web. If you are a parent of a teenager who is struggling with internet, porn or cybersex addiction, then contact us (800.584.4629) and learn how our program can help such adolescents.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.