Monitoring Your Teens Online Behavior

Monitoring Your Teens Online Behavior

Monitoring Teens Online Behavior: How to Get It Right

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In this day and age, teens have access to an unlimited amount of technology and internet resources. If they want to better understand a topic, all they have to do is google it. While there are settings within internet search engines or on computers to limit accessibility, teens are still exposed to a large amount of unfiltered information. But is restricting our teens online behavior actually benefiting them? A recent article by The New York Times discusses the positive and negative effects of monitoring teens online behavior.

Experts Opinions on Monitoring Technology

When experts in technology and adolescent behavior provide insight on the questions of how to monitor teens online behavior, they consistently state that communication is more important than using tools.

Having conversations about teens online behavior including, texting, social media, search history, or online profiles, matters more than using monitoring software. Parents should invest their time in being an active part of youths online lives and gradually allow more freedom as they get older. By doing this, children develop self-control and the ability to make good decisions on their own.

Children who felt like their parents were monitoring their activity online were noticeable less distressed by online conflict. Children should be monitored, but openly at a young age. Helping children develop positive online lives, helps teens online behavior later on. It also shows them that the world of the Internet is just one piece of a much greater whole.

What Are Other Parents Doing?

Relatively few parents rely on technology to monitor technology. 39 percent of parents’ report using controls for blocking, filtering, or monitoring their teenager’s online activities. Only 16 percent of parents us parental controls to restrict their teenager’s cellphone use. No matter how good the tools to monitor children or teens online behaviors, communication will always be a more powerful tool. 90 percent of parents say they have talked with their teens online behavior and what is appropriate. For parents, the ultimate goal isn’t to control children from spending too much time on the internet or doing something regrettable, it’s to raise adults who can have self-control.

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