Teens are very skilled at using technology and electronics. I have heard a number of them say that being able to use technology is essential for success at school and work. And I believe that they are right. Technology provides many positives; as parents, we also have to be aware of the negatives.
Positive aspects of technology include the ability to research information quickly, which helps with learning and school assignments. Communication using texting occurs with many teens - the upside of this is that they can develop relationships with peers and also can update parents about daily schedule changes.
So what are the negative aspects of technology? Teens can stumble upon data that is not appropriate for them to see, such as pornography. They can also communicate with people who are trying to prey upon teens. Sexting activity can occur - in which a teen is coerced to take a photo of his or her genitals and text the picture to someone. Some teens have discovered that their photos then wind up on the internet.
How do parents help their teen make wise choices about the internet and electronics? Discuss with your teen the risks involved and talk with them about how to make wise choices with electronic useage. Many teens do not seem to realize that anything they text or post can easily become a public record which may haunt them for years.
As parents we have to teach our teens how to best use information - and share information. Model this by talking with them about this very important topic.