A few weeks ago I recommended a book that can act as a guide in parenting digital citizens. When I stumbled across this mother's thoughtful approach to explaining the use of a smartphone I had to share it. I invite you to take what's helpful, leave what's not and adapt this contract in a way that makes sense for your teen.Read More
Navigating the cultural divide between digital natives (born post 1980) and digital immigrants (born pre-1980) can be a challenge for parents. I hear questions like:
"How do I help my kid enjoy their life online but at the same time equip them to be safe?"
"How restrictive should I be or how much should I monitor my kids online behavior?"
"Is it too late to even try to change things now that my kid is in high school?"
In their book A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media, Adam and Mark approach these questions with compassion, wisdom and experience. They give great practical tips which they have used themselves.
The other thing I like about this book is that it can be read in about 2 hours. Parents have so many things on their minds that having concise material is helpful.
The one main critique I have is that they don't address in enough detail what to do if your child has a porn or sexting problem. So, while their recommendations are generally useful I would recommend consulting with a professional if there are chronic boundary violations. A teen with chronic sexting or porn issues may be addicted. And, if they are addicted finding the right combination between grace and truth; monitoring and equipping is crucial.
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