Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 Areas Where Teens Need Close Parental Monitoring & How You Can Make It Easier?


There are a lot of parents who are confused about when they should jump in and monitor their kids and when they should allow them to enjoy some privacy. On the other extreme are the helipad parents who are afraid of allowing their teens to explore on their own and learn from their independence. Striking a balance is really important to do effective parenting to today’s reckless teens.















3 Key Areas for Monitoring
To have a balanced approach is vital and there are three key areas where we can’t ignore their activities. We are responsible for all aspects of teens’ lives but today’s rapidly changing and fast moving tech and challenges have made parental monitoring an almost necessity.

Online Activities
Internet usage is quite helpful, fun and entertaining but depends how our teens use it. This useful resource can turn out to be their biggest enemy if they abuse it. They can go for adult content, pornography, dating sites, chat rooms and a lot of other harmful sites. Moreover, abuse of social media and Internet can leave them less focused, depressed, anxious, and lazy and can cause digital eye strain.




















Despite all these hazards, few parents lack the motivation to keep the Internet safe for their teens. And yes, being on their shoulder all the time to know what they are doing online and what they are searching is also not a good idea. The best approach is to monitor their Internet activities using a parental monitoring app and letting them explore on their own. This way, you can give them the freedom they want and at the same time prevent any adverse incident online.

Alcohol or Substance Abuse
Clubbing, partying late night and hanging out with friends after school can all tempt teens to indulge in substance abuse and extensive drinking. You have to keep tabs on their activities so that you can identify the warning signs and stay aware. The teen’s behavior, attitude, and whereabouts could let you know if they try to abuse. The easiest way to stay in the know is tracking their whereabouts so that if they visit any bar, club or skip the school you could get to know instantly. For this the best monitoring app is FamilyTime as its GPS tracking spec is quite wholesome. It can let you track all the places your teen visit and you can also geo-fence their location to get alerts instantly.





FamilyTime Parental Monitoring is an easy yet effective option for parents who want to monitor their kids smartly. This app is available on Google Play and iTunes app store and can be downloaded by clicking on these buttons:    



       

Bad Peer Influences
Peer pressure could affect your child more than your expectations. Teens could enter into reckless activities like drunk driving, over speeding, dating, clubbing, late night partying, sex, violence and bullying just to look cool. It’s important to stay in the know about who they are in contact with and who they hang out with, who are their friends and which places they visit often. These all things could reflect their social influences and you can make right decisions in time.

With the parental monitoring app like FamilyTime, you can make it possible very easily. 


It can allow you keep tabs on all of teen’s contacts along with the details and you can also Watchlist the contacts and stay aware whenever they interact with them.  

These three areas are very important and need close attention. Few wrong decisions can ruin the teens’ lives so be very careful and keep on monitoring smartly! 

39 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Those are all really good things to keep in mind as my kids get older. I worry about this sort of thing!

Launna said...

I hope everything is going well for you Rosey xox

I think you need to teach your child right from wrong... talk with them often and trust them to make skme choices... be there for them without judgement when they need you ♡

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There really is an app for everything.

jaime said...

This looks like such a great app, especially for parents of tweens and teens. I'll definitely have to try it out and recommend it to a few of my friends!

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

I know a few helipad parents and I know some parents who are completely opposite. I think there should be a middle ground with teens because it's the time when they need to be learning how to become an adult one day. Thanks so much for sharing your very valuable post.

Aimee Fauci said...

Amen to all of this! I could not agree more. So many parents don't know the importance of staying on top of this with their kids.

Jeanine said...

I completely agree. This sounds great. I don't have teens yet, but kids get there so quickly so I will for usre pay attention to this! and monitor safely!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Mariah had an ugly encounter online when she was around 11. It involved the police and all. Since then, we've been like hawks guarding our kids online. You can NEVER be too careful!

Lady Lilith said...

The internet is a scary place. As much as we need it, that is as much harm can be found in it.

Pat Hatt said...

have to monitor everything these days, as online can be a creepy world

Sandee said...

What a great way to be involved in keeping your kids safe.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

These are all good tips. I have a teen and this is so true. Amber N

Crystal Green said...

These all sound like amazing apps to help keep kids on the right track. Thanks for sharing.

Dave, Amy and Jace said...

Sounds like a great why to keep your kids safe. My son is young but we've been teaching him about internet safety.

Christina Bhattacharya said...

This sounds like a great app. I have postponed getting my teen a smart phone for as long as possible and now that she actually needs it for school, I need something to help keep an eye on her. I like to stay involved. Thanks for sharing.

Alanna Wong said...

Thanks for sharing!! It's important to monitor teens-especially with the internet!! Great advice!

Chatty Crone said...

I am sending this to my daughter. How you doing?

Tess said...

I love hearing about new apps. I'll keep this in mind when my daughter gets older.

Chatty Crone said...

I am going to share this with my daughter - just stopping to say hello.

CourtneyLynne said...

Ahhhh I have many years before I have to worry about this kinda stuff with my kiddo, but I love seeing ways I can be more involved in the future

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

We really have to stay on top of what our teens consume on TV and the internet

Paula Schuck said...

Teens have a lot of pressure on them and sometimes need help they are afraid to ask for. We need to monitor them while giving them some freedom to learn and grow.

Elizabeth O. said...

Sounds like a great app. I will pass this on to my SIL, so she can monitor her teen aged kids.

Mama to 5 said...

My kids are little so this app wouldn't be needed yet but it definitely sounds like a wonderful app for parents with older kids, keeping them safe.

Dogvills said...

Looks amazing app, I've never heard this before but I think I must try it.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

There is an app for everything

Kristen Campbell said...

These are good resources! It's always good to talk to them face-to-face, too!

Jenny Temcio said...

I think when it comes to the internet, kids do need to be watched closely by their parents. They also need to be educated on the risks and dangers that come along with the internet as well.

Amy Stenehjem-Kelsch said...

The world is such a different place than what it was when I was a child. Any resources parents can use to help protect their children is important. Thanks for sharing!

Ourfamilyworld said...

Online activity scares me a lot. It is sometimes hard to control and this looks like a great way to control it

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey said...

I couldn't agree more! This looks like a great app any parent (with teens) could use. Thanks for sharing this!

April Grant said...

I don't have a teen yet, but honestly these are the reasons that I am so totally not ready!

Lesley said...

Its so hard to keep our kids safe these days. This is a great resource for parents.

JaimeLovesStuff said...

This is a great app for those with teens! Thanks for sharing it!

Ron Leyba said...

Online activities is also at the top of my list! Thanks for sharing this tip!.

Kendra Williams said...

These are all great tips! I'll keep them in mind for when my babies hit that age.

Manu Kalia said...

We could use this app, as a parent of two kids I find this very helpful.

alissa apel said...

I wish sometimes that I could monitor my students.

Kristi Maloney said...

James will be turning 14. He recently started using Instagram. Grant monitors that more than I do, but it's what others post that you have to worry about too. These are great tips. Better safe than sorry.