It is universal truth that children, especially adolescent children, have a secret life, insulated from the protective eyes of parents. But when the parent loses sleep is when she hears of secret lives of teenagers being snuffed out brutally by the secret itself. Such as the shocking case of Nicole Lovell, whose promise of a long and happy life, was heartlessly cut off by a dark secret that need have never been.
- The natural parental instinct is to brand social media as pure evil and ban it from the entire zip code, but is that the solution?
- Adolescence is a natural age of rebellion. The variables of today include technology which baffles the older generation like never before.
- Swearing off technology is not a smart route to take, and it certainly helps tomake technology your ally.
- The only solution, which all of us know, but can't really realize, is engagement.
A liberal dose of mental flexibility is essential to every parent of a child who is or will soon be stepping into the whirlpool of adolescence. Empathy and compassion may be hard to come by in the digital era, but without them, the battle of the ages could turn out to be catastrophic in the long run.