According to a recent study of Canadian youth, teens are more concerned with interacting with friends and family in social media than with boyfriends or girlfriends.
“Over 90% of students in grades 7-11 think their friends should be able to read their social media posts compared to 59% who think their boyfriend or girlfriend should be able to.” As the teens got older, the percentages differed slightly, yet the preference remained the same.
How do you keep your child from becoming a sickening statistic?
Monitoring your child’s internet activities can help. And for more tips on helping teens navigate the digital landscape, check out the rest of our blog!
Poor decisions made in adolescence can follow young people into the job market, making future employment more difficult.The world was baffled when Manti Te’o, a Notre Dame University football player was “catfished” by an internet girlfriend that never existed.And a cursory google search will reveal countless shocking stories, like this one about a father who thwarted a 33-year old man that flew across the country to sleep with his fourteen-year-old, disabled daughter. Shows like “How to Catch a Predator” shed light on the predator problem.There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to teens and digital romance. However, diligence, open communication, and maintaining a healthy involvement in your teen’s social life will help ensure their story is a PG 13, young-adult Rom Com instead of an R-rated Horror Film. So much of teenage life happens in the online world.So it appears Canadian teenagers are developing their own set of digital dating ethics.(For a refresher on the double standard of sexting, click here.) Though there are many risks associated with teenagers dating and exploring their sexuality in a digital format, there are also some positive attributes, too.46% of teenagers said the internet influences their significant other’s relationship expectations, making young people more inclined to engage in sexual activity that’s out of their comfort zone.And some experts are suggesting that the pervasiveness of hardcorn porn is desensitizing young people, giving them skewed views about healthy sexuality.Sure, predators and/or pedophiles do try and solicit teenagers online.And yes, identity fraud is common among these disturbed individuals.