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Are You Communicating Well With Your Teen?

SHAILA on January 15, 2013

Your teen’s changing physical and emotional needs call for an alteration in the old modes of communication. Teenagers are in the paradoxical phase where they have to branch out independently while simultaneously strengthening their roots. However, they are not alone in this process, you are their metaphorical roots. How high they branch out depends on how well you communicate with your teen.  

Are you communicating Well with Your Teen?

Many parents think they know what goes on in their teen’s life and teens think they are aware of their parents’ thoughts, worries and actions. Actual studies conducted by Hart Research Associates reveal otherwise. Their report pertaining to online safety states that 84% of parents say they monitor their teen’s online and mobile activity, while only 39% of teens are aware of their parents’ monitoring.

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This simple example which shows a significant communication gap holds good for many spheres of parent-teen interaction. You may be tempted to attribute this difference to parents having acted without their child's knowledge. Well, here's another pointer then. 

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Necessity of Communication in the Context of Online Safety

Today’s teens are incredibly plugged into their mobile devices. These gadgets rule the roost, for they deliver innumerable benefits. But there exist a vast number of online dangers too, of which you need to be well aware of and educate your teen about.

Experts advice that you need to make sure your child learns to navigate the internet safely before allowing unfettered and unsupervised access. Mobicip’s safe browser app can be of immense help to you. It works by

  • Categorizing websites against a database of millions of categorized websites
  • Filtering content dynamically using advanced heuristic mathematical algorithms that analyze and rate every accessed website, blog, and page
  • Encrypting internet traffic at unsecured WiFi spots and much more.

However, our crew at Mobicip feels a frank and open discussion with your teenager should precede the installation of an app like a Safe Browser. Teenagers, when kept in the dark as to why such an intermediate step is required, might misconstrue parental supervision to spying. Place yourself in your teenager’s shoes. Decades ago, you would not have liked it one bit if your parents read your letters without informing you. Children of today are no different. Be sensitive. Give a long leash. Show them how to learn to be safe on the world wide web. 

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