e Costco Connection JULY/AUGUST 2015
Bernice Marie VanVlack
My parents never did that to me.
They trusted me and
I never gave them a
reason not to.
Nope. Read them and they rebel
and create an account
you can’t see. Then
WITH TEENAGERS SHARING more information about themselves on
social media sites than they did in the past, there is increasing
concern about youngsters’ safety. As a result, some say that parents
should monitor their children’s social media activity more closely,
including reading the posts they send and receive. Others argue that
there’s a danger in too closely monitoring teens’ online behaviour.
Social media freedom teaches kids an important lesson in how not
to behave, what not to share—and this won’t happen with mom and
dad looking over their shoulders, they add. And, at what point does
monitoring become snooping?
What do you think?
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Absolutely! Your children are not
entiled to privacy.
Your job as a parent
is to know what your
children are doing.
Just don’t embarrass them with
parent comments. Keep those
Knowing what’s going on in
your teenager’s life
is important. Teens
(especially older teens)
need some privacy.
But there are dangers lurking
out on the Internet and a parent
needs to be aware about how and
[with] whom their kids are communicating online.
Yes! They are out there for the
public to read anyway.
In fact, many times
friends of mine alert
me to posts my kids
have made, and vice versa. How
are kids supposed to learn what’s
appropriate and what’s not? They
Is it OK to read your kids’
social media posts?
Absolutely! Remember that in
most cases it’s the
parents who pay for
puters, Internet and
cellular coverage. [Kids] using the
devices is a privilege.