4) Don’t forget that their phone is also a gateway to the internet.
Did you know that most teens access popular sites like Facebook and Instagram from their phone and rarely even go to them from a computer? Be mindful that an inappropriate image captured on a phone can be easily and instantly posted anywhere online. With sexting on the rise, this can lead to images finding their way into the public, online sphere. Again, teens can be short sighted and impulsive. Be sure to talk to them about keeping best practices with their phone as well, and remember to manage their data usage.
5) Manage their time spent with “screens.”
Make sure you and your kids spend time off of their various devices. Go for a walk. Play a board game. Cook together. They don’t want to do that with you? Keep them active in other extracurricular activities and sports. The increase of sedentary lives has had a major impact on the health of youth. Encourage and foster a culture of activity in your home so that your teens see the benefits.
As with anything, keeping your teens safe yet worldly means that you’ll have to actively participate in their lives. It means having open dialogue with them so that there is trust on both sides.