Using technology of any kind to keep tabs on older children can improve or damage the parent/child relationship. It depends how you use it, says Patrick Kelly, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
There’s a good way to keep tabs on youngsters, and a bad way. The bad way: installing a keyboard tracker to steal your teen’s facebook password and check without her knowing, Kelly says. A better way, for those parents who are anxious about online activity, is for parents and kids to agree beforehand that Facebook is allowed if parents have passwords, and the child knows they’re monitoring it.
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