Sexting, porn, parenting,

Continuing the discussion from What’s our responsibility to other kids’ parents?:

Hi there. I am one of those parents that told my son’s friends’ parents that I wanted to know if my son was doing anything and I told her when her son was out of line. For you to say that a parent doesn’t mean it when they say they want to know because they would be monitoring things themselves is just wrong. I thought I was monitoring my son. But it turns out there are so many ways he can get around my monitoring. It is literally impossible to keep up, despite all of my efforts. I found out through others that he was doing things I had no idea about. And I dealt with it. He’s a good kid and I was stunned. It only works if we as parents stick together for the betterment of our kids collectively. The kids are banding together to find way to avoid being caught, so it is one of our only defenses. And for those that will suggest talking to my child about all of this and tech agreements, I’ve done it all. The fact is kids do this stuff and they lie about it. And there is so much more dangerous stuff out there today for them to get into serious trouble than there ever was when I was their age. Parents need to help each other out.

Thanks for sharing this. That must have been a difficult situation to navigate. Proud of you and your circle of friends for having those tough talks! You’re doing a great job as a Mom. It’s awful and surely a rollercoaster of emotions to go through that. But you are a good mom and doing everything you can. Hang in there; sending love your way.

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All we can do is do our best to protect them. Also having transparent discussions with strict boundaries and consequences. We are new to Bark so I’m learning