Nearly Half of Parents with Young Teens Fear Curbing Social Media Use would Affect Their Relationship

Nearly Half of Parents with Young Teens Fear Curbing Social Media Use would Affect Their Relationship

The Straits Times
Republished with Permission
7 February 2021

Mr Chong Ee Jay, a cyber wellness expert at charity Focus on the Family Singapore, said that parents can try using social media such as Instagram to understand the platform and its appeal.

"Parents have to learn to let go and open up. If you simply curb their social media usage, teens feel like they are not trusted. Don't sneakily install parental control apps on your child's phone without them knowing, because this can deepen resentment.

"You can check in on their accounts now and then, but don't force them to unlock their phones to show you what they are doing."

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