Being a teenager has always been a stressful time as they seek greater independence, want to experiment with new things and want to fit in and be accepted by their peers. The technology age provides a double-edged sword, both as a resource for help and a block against communication. The increased access to chat with kids and groups from all over the world has the potential to reduce isolationism and provide advice, sharing and other viewpoints that can help teens deal with tough questions, situations and pressures they experience. The tendency of kids to keep things from their parents is magnified by the use of cell phones, texting and the numerous social websites teens gravitate to.
Parents Setting Limits
The caring, concerned parent is often kept out of the loop and the last one to know. Finding a balance over the use of technology is a challenge to all of us. Parents need to set limits without going over the top. Sometimes just caring and being available is all you can do.