“It needs to be an ongoing regular conversation.” Guide, don’t control.
One reason that adolescence is such a complicated time is because the brain is still changing. And most teens overwhelmingly prefer the company of their friends over their parents.
So coupling an adolescent’s risk-taking with his love for reward plus the innate need to establish his own sexual identity can mean that previously innocuous behavior can lead, if unchecked, to high-risk activities. While most people think of dating as getting in the car, picking someone up, and taking them to the movies or dinner, that’s an adult’s definition.
So it’s important to let your child know that digital devices and social networking access are privileges that they need to respect, and to be clear about your expectations for behavior on the Internet and with texting.
Here, parents are a critical factor, says Greenberg: “Parents need to know that they should monitor their kid’s activities and their activity on the Internet.
Recently I was driving my 14-year-old son and his friends to soccer practice.