Are you aware of how much time your teen spends on their phone each day? – Sandra
Call me old fashioned, but to me, the purpose of Facebook is to let the folks who care about you, but can’t see or speak with you every day (like grandparents, best friends, or kids away at college) get a glimpse into how you are doing and perhaps spending your days. It is not about obsessively creating posts for each and every thing you think or do.
Questions For Parents To Ponder:
1. How much time does your teen spend on their phone each day?
2. Do you ever limit their time on the phone or computer?
3. Does your teen spend more time on technology than actually seeing their friends?
4. Does looking at Instagram every make your teen feel lonely or sad?
5. Does your teen ever complain of online fights or cyber-bullying?
6. Has your teen ever lost their Instagram privileges for neglecting their schoolwork by being online too much?
7. Does your teen have hobbies outside of being online?
8. Do you ever feel like you can’t get your teen to step away from their computer?
9. Does your teen ever use texting because they are too shy to speak directly to someone?
10. If your teen did not have a computer (or cell phone), how might they stay in contact with their friends?
If you teen is spending too much time on the computer, then you may want to consider helping them to cut back, replacing screen time with time spent on homework, with family and friends, or getting some fresh air and exercise. Here is one solution that I have recommended to parents: Net Nanny Parental Control Software
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