The usage of social media is the most common activity of children and teens today. It has lately been hard to keep up with the apps that children are using these days. Just when parents figure out how to talk to their child about Facebook, they will have moved on to Instagram and Snap Chat. Even with all the new apps coming along, with the additional features, they are not that different from one another. If you know what to do, you can keep an eye on your kid and avoid the common social media problems. The key to remember here would keep it all in a need to know the business. You do not need to micromanage your children, but there are some things that you as a parent should be aware of at all times.
Is Your Child Being Cyber-Bullied?
Cyber-bullying is still going strong even though some apps have improved their reporting features. It can happen on any social media application that your child might be using. Parents don’t want to know if their child is being cyberbullied. But if it is happening, then a parent should be aware of it as soon as possible. Here are a few ways using which you can know if your child is being cyber-bullied before it is too late.
- He starts to use the social media on cell phones or computer more than they used to, or if they stop using them at all.
- Your child may be getting angry or upset whenever they receive a message, email or phone call.
- Your child may become secretive about his or her mobile phone usage.
- Your child avoids leaving the house, but they used to enjoy social gatherings and get together.
- Their grades are going down and they are not performing as they previously used to do with their school work.
- The behavior of your child has been changing, he appears to be angry, sad, frustrated or all three.
- Your child is having trouble sleeping.
- Your child may suddenly delete their social networking applications.
Is Your Child Addicted To Porn?
Pornography is very harmful to a child, and parents need to know if their child is addicted to them or not. Parents can use the parental control application OR there are some signs of your child’s addiction to pornography are:
- Your child may start spending too much time online, and shuts down the windows when you enter the room.
- Your child may become more secretive.
- Your child may make efforts to go online unsupervised.
- Your child’s behavior may change towards the opposite gender.
Is Your Child Being Stalked?
Stalking in another one of the huge predicament faced by the society we live in. It is an ailment that is faced by both teenagers and adults alike and more often than not parents don’t know what their young ones are going through because they are mostly scared that they would themselves be held responsible for something they had nothing to do within the first place. The first thing you have got to know is that it is not their fault that they are being stalked. Therefore, in a situation like this, the best thing you can do is keep your eyes peeled for any unexpected behavior and for one of the following signs.
- Does your child seem fidgety, scared or afraid all the time?
- Is he or she constantly jumpy and keeps checking his surroundings.
- Is he or she refusing to answer calls and reply back to text messages?
- Is he exhibiting signs of paranoia?
- Does he seem frustrated, depressed and anxious?
Is Your Child Stalking Somebody?
We have already mentioned how big of a predicament stalking is in this time and age. Yet, it is not always necessary that your child is on the receiving end of this ailment. It is a thing to worry about if your child is being stalked, but it is something to look out for too if you notice your child stalking someone. If your child is actually stalking someone, he might exhibit the following changes in his behavior.
- Your child may start to spend time calling someone and getting no replies back.
- He could keep going out at weird times, and when inquired, he would have nothing in reply.
- He may appear to be secretive or moody.
- He may seem friendless and other teens may seem fidgety around him at family gatherings.
The Bottom Line
Contrary to popular belief, parents do not need to know everything about their children. It is like that quote about love if you love someone you let them go. Doing so would definitely not make you bad parents, it would make you smart ones that give their children room to grow and look after them if they make any mistakes school them into getting back on the track. This way you will not only lay the foundation for a very trusting and healthy relationship but when push comes to shoves keep them out of trouble and make them smart adult that knows how to decipher between right and wrong.