20 million views and counting! That’s how many people watched a dad shoot his daughter’s laptop after she complained about them on Facebook. Most parents of teenagers would probably admit to wanting to shoot or throw their teens laptop out the window, but is it the right way to handle things? I’m gonna go with…probably not. But with studies showing internet addictions being similar to drug or alcohol addictions, we can see how parents or youth workers may get frustrated…or worried over this.
Just remember some key principles with parenting the internet:
- TALK to your child about the internet dangers – including stranger danger, pornography,
- Set limits – The average teens uses 13 hours of technology a day, you hear me (mostly because they text while watching tv, study on the internet, and listen to Bieber, Gaga, or DC Talk…oh wait, that last one was me when I was a teenager). It’s time to SET SOME LIMITS!
- Educate your child about internet behavior – not a place to complain/gossip/bully.
- Keep the computer in a public area of the house...you let your teen have their computer in their bedroom, you are asking for trouble.
- Install software – protect, monitor…you are the parent, you most likely own the computer, and yes you DO have the right to see what your kids are doing on the computer.
- Know all your kids passwords, be a friend on facebook – don’t let them share their password with others and tell them to be careful who can view their info on Facebook
You may know most of these, but it always a good reminder. Save yourself from having to shoot your teen’s laptop, and save yourself from seeing your teen suffer because of their internet activity.