In this edition of Child Wellness Wednesday, our Marcie Fraser shares the dos and don'ts when it comes to your children's ways of communication, now that social media and cell phones play a big role in their lifestyle.
It's a natural part of development, teenagers wanting to be independent but when it comes to social media, twitter, and Facebook; how independent do you let them be?
"You need to give your kid room to makes their own mistakes, giving kids the room to make mistakes and learn," said Emma Norris, Teen.
It's a fine line, allowing your kids freedom while trying to protect them. Should that trust be given or earned?
"Trust them until they give you a reason not to trust them," said another Teen.
When your teen makes a bad decision, don't start doubting your parenting style, many experts blame it development or the lack of development of the brain.
"Part of the brain that controls impulses is developed earlier than the part of the brain that helps to think through the consequences of what you say or do before you do it," said Dr. Kevin Martin, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Setting very strict limits and spying may feel like a good idea but it could back fire.
"Strict parents can make for sneaky and devious kids," said the Teen.
"A parent should not be secretly putting spy ware on their child's computer or checking text when they are not looking," said Dr. Kevin Martin.
Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Martin advises parents to definitely to get involved if you suspect that there's trouble. Part of your teen development is that they need privacy but if there is trouble; let them know you are there to help.
"What is important is that your teenager knows that if there they do get into some kind of problem that they will be comfortable coming to you and that you will listen and not react angrily but you will be there to actually help them," Dr. Martin went on to say.
As a parent, have you ever made a mistake and sent an e-mail or a text and wish you could unsend it? Kids are going to do the same, remember we learn from our mistakes, and be prepared.
Teach your kids the potential consequences of cyber space, texting, Facebook, email; once it's out there are no take backs.