I monitor my daughter’s online activities. She’s just 12 years old and a dangerous world lurks right at her fingertips on her cellphone, the cellphone that I bought for her. I want her to enjoy texting and social media, but I’m smart about it.
In our house, we have ground rules for cellphone and Internet use. My husband and I explained to our daughter that we bought her cellphone and we pay the cellphone bill every month. She uses the cellphone in the house we pay for. Therefore, we have complete authority to monitor that cellphone as we please. Our ground rules include, absolutely no password locks on her phone or computer, her daddy and I can (and do) look through her phone anytime we please, and her phone is placed in our custody every night by 9:30pm (unless she’s at a sleepover, game, etc.) We set the ground rules and monitor her phone and Internet usage because we love her and because we have a God-given responsibility to protect her and guide her in the way she should go.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
If you have children, chances are they have (or will have) cellphones and Internet access. As parents, let’s have the courage to set ground rules and monitor our children’s online activities. Failure to step up and monitor could be to put our children at risk for exposure they aren’t ready for and a plethora of pains they didn’t have to experience. Monitor your kids.