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Leonie Smith expert
Leonie Smith Cyber safety consultant AU
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Teen agers are 13yrs to 19yrs, there's a big difference in maturity. So it depends on the age of your teen. Some teens that are younger are getting into trouble using apps that are intended for 17+ teens. In some cases if you are having some serious issues with your younger teen you might want to set up some parental controls on the phone to prevent your younger teen from downloading apps that are for older teens or adults. Just go to settings on the phone then to General then to Restrictions and select the restrictions you need. iPhones are terrific devices for parents to give kids because these parental controls are so flexible. The above poster has a point, creating open conversations around proper use of the phone is very very important, you certainly don't want them sneaking around. Be clear about what you will let them do, and if they break the rules you have set up then like any breaking of a family rule you decide how you might enforce it. It's always best when giving our children a device to ensure they know these rules and what is expected before the phone is given. Some families insist that phones are charged over night outside of bedrooms to be sure kids arn't on the phones late at night. Hope this helps!

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Experience 4 years ago
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Is that wise? Instead try creating a bond with your teenager and learn to trust them a little, discuss their communications with them. Don't be forceful or they may just crawl back into their shell.

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Opinion 4 years ago

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