Thought I’d solicit some opinions with this post. Over a year ago I put together the first major event for Youthmark, entitled, 360º Parenting. This event did very well and I have received many invitations to repeat the event at various churches. We will eventually do this, however, we knew for it to have long lasting impact it would need to be more than just an event, so Elisabeth and I have been doing research and have started to write a book which will work in conjunction with the event.
Two weeks ago I was part of a panel discussion for a parenting class at a church, Wednesday I will be speaking at another church (it’s “Parent Night” at this youth group). And just this week I have had a number of discussions with parents and youth pastors about this same issue of parent/teen relationships.
So, here’s where your opinion comes in.
One of the areas which has been a hot topic revolves around the social networking area. How much control should a parent have in regard to the use of the internet of his/her child? Should parents allow pre-teens or teens to have their own facebook or myspace? If they do allow, should a parent have the password? What should a parent do when their has been abuse of the internet freedom? Should parents use cyber-sitters and tattletale? How can teens “prove” to their parents they are not mistreating it, yet still maintain confidentiality and freedom in relationships? As a parent, do you check the internet history, cache and trash bins on your computers? As a parent, how aware of internet issues are you?
That is just a sampling of the questions we are asking and being asked, would love the public opinion… pick one, pick all, I’d love your thoughts on any of them!