I’ve changed my mind on the snooping question quite a bit since I began writing about family safety over five years ago. I’ve had to. Technology has dramatically changed all of us in that short time.
Still, at least once a month a parent asks me, “How much should I really be snooping on my child online?”
The answer to that question varies depending on your child’s age, maturity, and attitude toward online responsibility and safety.
A new study may also help you answer that question. The study recently reported on extensively in Forbes, sheds important light on how teens and parents communicate about risky situations online. The summary of that study: A lot happens online that kids don’t share with parents out of embarrassment and/or fear of punishment. The solution, say researchers: Better communication with your kids as the #1 way to help kids steer clear of risky digital…