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Christy Janes — Are you being nosy?


Last week my column contained some Internet shorthand (LOL, TTYL, etcetera) and I had hoped to enlighten parents about some of the shorthand used.

I really wanted to, but the sad reality is some of it is just too vulgar for print. What I can do is give you the website where I found a giant list of shorthand that in some cases was TMI (too much information) http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php.

I’m not a prying parent. I don’t keep strict tabs on what my children — particularly my teenager — are doing on their devices.

However, they do know that at any time if I want to see their phone or tablet you can bet I’m going through that thing with a fine tooth comb.

Let me explain.

I think (my opinion only) that as kids grow up they deserve their privacy.

I think giving them their privacy while teaching them what they can and can’t share over texts, messages, social media and the Internet is more important that being over their shoulder all the time.

I take this approach — if I’m on my phone sending something and you ask what I’m doing and I won’t let you see there’s one of two things happening — I’m planning on surprising you with a present or I’m trying to hide something from you.

My kids don’t have the means to buy me a present online so they are probably doing something they shouldn’t, at which point prying mom steps in and exercises her right to be nosy and gets to the bottom of what’s happening.

That’s not to say I’ve ever had an issue with them and maybe you’ve never had an issue with your children.

In this day and age when technology — very powerful technology — is at their fingertips, it’s more important than ever to teach them responsibility.

It’s very difficult to keep modern devices from them, so why not work with them so everyone can enjoy it and we, as parents, can rest a little easier knowing we’ve given them the tools they need to use technology wisely.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

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