It can be inconsistent with staying alive.
Only 61% of the parents surveyed say they check the websites their teens visit, or look at their social media profiles. Only a little more than half of parents have “friended” their teens on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. Less than half look at their teens’ text messages or know the password to their email accounts or cell phones.
Reality check: Old news, you say? Parents have never known what kids were up to!
Sorry. Today kids could be up to things they would have found much harder to even locate in traditional offline communities.
A kid could be famous on a network parents don’t know exists. That’s a little unsettling, but maybe harmless.
But she could be recruited online to marry a jihadi and live for martyrdom.
Those of us who didn’t realize that our young friend was a star on YouNow might not know if she was a soon-to-be “caliphette” either. See the harrowing vid of how dumb kids can be.
See also: Terror group used murdered journalist’s Facebook page to suss out friends