Today’s teenagers live in an ‘always on’ world. From social media sites to mobile phones, they are rarely away from their devices for a long period of time. It is important to instil a sense of understanding in your teenager about how this mobile world can affect their lives, not just now but into the future.
Teach them that anonymous does not always remain anonymous. Pictures and comments posted now will stay on the internet forever for future employers, partners and families to look at. So before they post, ask them to consider how they would feel if you saw it – or their grandparents, friends’ parents, teachers, etc?
Try and get them to take a break from screen time, to read for fun and not just study, to hang out with friends, or to take some exercise or play sport.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure they know how much you love them now and will love them no matter what they do.
Strive to have the kind of relationship where your daughter can talk to you and feel that you will not judge, but will listen and give the best advice you can.