Teensafe On The Advocate
Raising children, especially kids who are becoming teens (or tweens) are presenting parents with more unique challenges than ever before when it comes to surviving in today’s technological age while raising children. Recently The Advocate published a relevant article addressing this type of struggle entitled, “The Milestone of the First Cell Phone” that questions why we should be using monitoring devices like the Teensafe App to protect our children from the many dangers that can be found on the internet and safe ways for youth to be using these handheld devices.
The author of this article recounts his own childhood when he first got a cell phone back in the nineties when they were simply “flip phones” and they didn’t really “do” much of anything – texting wasn’t even popular back then. Nowadays, kids are texting, tweeting, snapchatting and sharing on any number of social media platforms. How can a parent keep up with this type of internet traffic?
Tips And The Teensafe App
It was perhaps back in our grandparent’s day and age when a single phone was anchored to a kitchen wall so these communications weren’t exactly private. In 2002, experts recommended keeping the family computer in a common area so its usage could also be easily monitored. Obviously, this isn’t possible with smartphones and other handheld devices so The Advocate recommends using applications like the Teensafe app to monitor their child’s online behaviors.
Using Teensafe will allow parents to view their kid’s digital footprint on the internet including the location of them on their device. They can see snapchats sent and received, texts, emails, even those that have been deleted. Both Teensafe and The Advocate encourage parents to open a dialogue with their children about smartphone usage and online safety including these tips:
- Kids should be wary of their data limits and held accountable if they exceed them. It’s not as though children (or parents for that matter) are flying blind about this usage since the majority of providers will message account holders if they are nearing the limit.
- Phones should be left out of bedrooms to charge at night so as to not interfere with normal sleep habits and avoid being bothered with texts and other messages at all hours.
- If children are alarmed about a lack of privacy when parents monitor their usage, this is an important lesson in boundaries. When kids grow up and foot the bill for their smartphones, it’s only then they’re entitled to complete privacy when it comes to these devices.
Just like a desktop device being in a common area, there are times that parents can keep these tiny, handheld computers at bay when it comes to the safety and security of their child.