Digital Freedom

Your teen years were likely entirely conducted IRL — in real life. Your teen’s adolescence? Not so much. It can be tricky for parents to help teens navigate the online world because our kids are digital natives even though we’re the ones with life experience. If you think the solution is to put on tracking software, consider this: Your teen can easily get around any barriers you put in place. A better solution, according to Common Sense Media, is to approach virtual dangers using the same techniques you use to address possible IRL dangers and be a good role model for the online world. 

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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