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Parents’ Spying On Teens: New Tech Makes It Easy, But It Can Go Wrong

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MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE WITHOUT BECOMING A SPYING PARENT? CBS 2'S CINDY HSU REPORTS A COLLEGE REPORT A MISSING PERSON REGARDING MY DAUGHTER

Reporter: THE NEW MOVIE CALLED SEARCHING IS ABOUT A 16- YEAR-OLD STUDENT WHO GOES MISSING EVERY PARENT'S NIGHTMARE HEATHER DIXON IS DROPPING HER DAUGHTER OFF AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY AND IS HAVING A HARD TIME IT'S TOUGH I HAVE HAD A LOT OF CRYING MOMENTS BUT I'M PROUD OF HER

Reporter: SHE SAYS IT HELPS TO KEEP UP WITH HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHE FOLLOWS ME ON INSTAGRAM AND SHE LIKES ME — SHE WILL SEE EVERYTHING Reporter: THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO KEEP ON EYE ON YOUR KIDS BUT A PARENTING EXPERT SAYS THAT SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE IT COMMUNICATES TO THE KIDS THAT THEY ARE NOT RESILIENT, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE GOOD PROBLEM-SOLVING CAPABILITIES

Reporter: ROSS SAYS IT CAN WHITTLE AWAY AT THE TEEN'S SAN FRANCISCO CONFIDENCE AND GIVE PARENTS A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY SHE SAYS IT'S MORE LIKELY TO BE EFFECTIVE IF YOUR CHILD AGREES TO LET YOU FOLLOW THEM SHE SAYS THE KEY IS FOR PARENTS TO TALK LESS AND LISTEN MORE WITHOUT JUDGMENT OR CRITICISM LECTURING THE CHILD ABOUT THESE THINGS, THEY WILL STOP LISTENING Reporter: WHEN IT COMES TO UNSOLICITED ADVICE? IT'S OKAY TO SAY TO YOUR CHILD, WOULD YOU LIKE SOME ADVICE? BUT IF THE CHILD DOESN'T GIVE PERMISSION, THAT ADVICE THEN BECOMES PART OF THE BRICKS THAT BUILD UP THAT WALL BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN

Reporter: JULIA EMERSON SAYS A MORE HANDS OFF APPROACH WORKS WE HAVE TO LEARN TO DO THINGS ON OUR OWN IT'S HARDER IF YOUR PARENTS ARE CONSTANTLY ASKING WHAT YOU'RE DOING ALL DAY YOU HAVE TO LET GO OF YOUR KIDS A LITTLE BIT LET THEM GO EXPERIENCE THINGS

Source: Youtube

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