The apps teens use: How to start a dialogue

How do you talk to your child about what they do online? Are you strict about what they should and shouldn’t do? According to Cat Coode of Binary Tattoo, the first step is to start a conversation with them and agree boundaries together.

There is a lot of advice out there about how parents should handle their kids’ online lives. I have read articles advocating that parents should have every password for every one of their kid’s apps and check them often. I have seen people who advocate a completely hands-off approach. My philosophy lies in the middle: allow kids to develop independent lives but ensure we are helping educate and guide them to do so safely.

I often liken social media and technology to underage drinking. You can tell your kids not to drink before the legal age but there is a high likelihood they are going to do it

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