The other day my friend came to me because she found porn on her ten year old daughter’s iPod Touch and she didn’t know what to do.
Technology has made life easier, multitasking more convenient, but it has also given children and adolescents access to a greater number of things that they shouldn’t be exposed to just yet. This is why I suggest parents be more aware of what their child is participating in on their electronic devices. There is no shortage of people willing to take advantage of child’s innocence and ignorance. Outside of inappropriate content, many scammers trick their underage website visitors into using their parents’ credit card under the pretense of, for example, opening an account. Those con men go out of their way to trick as many kids as possible. It’s not unusual to see them conduct a social media marketing campaign with The Marketing Heaven (or whatever marketing company) in order to get more visibility on the internet and more fake reviews. It’s really scary! Therefore, there should be a common set of expectations between the child and parents. The rules should be based on the age of the child and parents should regularly check and monitor their activity. If having time to monitor this activity is an issue, there are parental controls and applications that can be used. I think in these situations it is probably better to be a little more involved instead of blissfully unaware. Kids have more respect for parents that put in the time to be tuned in to what they are accessing, and this can result in a better relationship between parents and teenagers.