Managing teen privacy can be tricky. We want and encourage independence but need to be aware of the dangers that can interfere with their ability to have a good and healthy life.
Too little monitoring can leave teenagers without the support they need to make safe decisions about behavior and relationships. But too much monitoring can send the message that you don’t trust your child.
So, stay connected with your child but keep it low key. When you have consistent, daily connections and communication, your child is more likely to share what he or she is up to. Being aware and available when your child needs you is key to building trust and staying informed.
Sara Listar-Guest, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Outpatient Services, Southwest Behavioral & Health Service
For more information about managing teen privacy, visit the Southwest Behavioral & Health Service website at www.sbhservices.org.
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