Cybersafe Parent: Is your kid keeping something from you?


Parents know it’s important to keep track of what your children are doing online, but even if you check their phones and social media accounts, are they still keeping things from you?

Today’s kids are meeting strangers, some of them adults, on a variety of apps.

Some kids even have spare ‘burner’ phones to avoid parental monitoring or share passwords with friends who can post on their accounts when privileges are taken away.

Experts say too often, parents remain in denial and think their kid wouldn’t ever do something dangerous online.

While monitoring makes sense for younger kids, experts suggest a gradual loosening of the strings as teens prove they can be trusted.

One method called “The Golden Ticket” involves telling children they won’t be punished when they come to them about mistakes they’ve made online or help they need with a social media problem.

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(This story was originally published June 28, 2018)

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