The problem is that some of us have no idea what young people are saying online. Teens have an internet language of their own, "Netspeak", and if parents aren't versed in the language, we may miss important opportunities to intervene.
If you saw "OMG" or "LOL" ("Oh my God" and "Laugh out loud") those are pretty innocent, but what if you saw "TDTM" or "P911"? Do you know what they mean? If not, what would you do? I tell parents to google search the terms they don't know. And, if you did you'd learn that "TDTM" means "talk dirty to me" and "P911" stands for "parents watching".
It's not snooping. It's monitoring and it's important because our job in raising our preteens and teens is to help guide our young people in the right direction, and as their prefrontal cortex continues to develop, sometimes we need to be the voice of reason and logic to keep them safe, happy and successful.
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