The article goes on to list the big scary things that can – and do – happen to kids online. Cyberbullying, sending naked pictures and talking to people they don’t know are big problems and need to be addressed. But what about the simple everyday problems that having a laptop without any limits can cause? Lack of sleep, not getting homework done and not going out to be active with friends are also problems that need to be addressed. Setting the rules and limits, being clear with your expectations and being fair and firm with your discipline is what makes potential problems like laptops easier to deal with regarding your teen.
I’ve published a parenting contract for laptop use. I hope it helps those who wish to set clear rules and limits with their teens who use laptops.
Asking the community: Do you feel these laptop issues are a part of a bigger problem with teens on the internet? If your teen has a laptop, how have you addressed these issues?