How to Help Your Teen (And Yourself!) Navigate Schoolies

By Cybermum Australia

There are many parents of teenagers who start to convulse at the mention of the word ‘schoolies’. The thought of no control, the all night gatherings and drinking sends many of us into a tailspin! But when your offspring are technically adults at 18, keeping them at home is just not an option.

Current research supports the power of the mentoring style parent – the parent who genuinely engages with their children and provides the resources and wisdom to tackle the challenges of life. But this can be really hard when all we want to do is wrap our teens up in cotton wool!

So (channelling the mentor style parent, of course), here are some of the ways you can help your child prepare and survive their week at schoolies using technology:

  1. Remind them that they can call you at any time – and mean it!
  2. Conduct a revision course for your schoolie (around the dinner table, so it’s difficult to escape) on the need to be careful of what they post online and the importance of properly managing their online reputation. Future employees will absolutely check out your teen on Facebook!
  3. Think twice before friending your new schoolie ‘friends’ on Facebook. Do you really …read more

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