Yes teenagers may seem like aliens, and yes they can sometimes smell funny, but they are still our children and we still have to figure out what is bothering them, ESPECIALLY when they are networking. Neither of my sons want to be combat helicopter pilots or professional spies anymore, but just because they are harder to recognize in their current growth period doesn’t mean they still don’t need my protection.
Call me a worrywart, but I work for ImageVision and our research shows that cyberbullying is more prevalent than most parents understand. With children able to share at warp-factor five speed on multiple sites whether online or over the phone, problems can rise quickly with little to no warning. One minute your teenagers are exhibiting normal alien-like teenaged behavior and the next minute they are a bit withdrawn and sulking for longer periods of time. Our red flags go up and even though these signs could be hormonal, drugs, or any number of things that tell us our teens are going through a rough time, they could also indicate they have been victims of cyberbullying.
Our words of wisdom, KNOW THE SIGNS!