How would you answer this question?
Does your teen talk to you? Do you think your teens tells you everything? Is it you that they spend most of their free time with? If you answered “no” to just one of these questions, keep reading…
What are the things you know and don’t know about your teen?
If your teen is anything like my 14-year-old son, I have a hard time getting him to tell me anything!! I mean, I know who his friends are and who he hangs out with after school and on the weekends.(Or do I?) I know the kids on his soccer and lacrosse team. But do I know the things he does when he is at friends’ houses? Do I know what he is doing when he is with the group of 30 teens he hangs out with in town on Friday nights?
What happens when my son doesn't know how to handle a situation? Is it me he comes to for advice or is it his 14-year-old friends whom he “bounces” his ideas off of?
If you want to know more about your teen, follow these points to find out what most anybody can find out about your kid!
Log on to your teen’s Facebook page.
**If you don’t have their password, you will be able to find out only “some” of the answers to these questions. Is that OK with you?
Log on to your Facebook page.
Put your child’s name in the search box. If you don’t see your child, try searching for one of their friends, then go to that person’s “friend list.”
Don’t have one? You don’t want one? I get it but if you want to understand the lives of our teens these days, this is the best place to start!
What have they “liked”?
Are you surprised?
What have they “disliked”?
Are you OK with these things?
Look through their pictures.
Where have they been hanging out? Do you know the people in these pictures?
Are these appropriate pictures? Are they the kinds of pictures that a college administrator should see?
Look at the comments on each picture. Are you OK with what their friends are saying? Are they the kind of comments a college administrator would be impressed with?
Click on their friend list.
Do you have this many friends? Do you know all these people Do you think it makes sense for some of these people to have access to your teens’ Facebook page?
I hope these questions will give you some “conversation starters” to use with your teen this weekend! Happy Parenting!