Smartphones have made life easier in some ways yet much more difficult in others. As a parent, what is the best way to monitor your kid's phones without giving yourself a full-time job doing it? Psychotherapist expert Dr. Mike Dow joins The Doctors to discuss.
There are certainly safety issues with children having phones. Plastic surgeon expert Dr. Andrew Ordon shares that two elementary school students were arrested after sending nude photos on Snapchat! Dr. Dow reiterates that nothing is private anymore! He says in a recent survey, 60% of parents said they check their children's social media, and 48% said they check their children's texts. Dermatologist expert Dr. Sonia Batra thinks these numbers should be 100%!
Dr. Dow says there are now a lot of apps that are designed to be age-appropriate. This will allow parents the freedom to not have to check their children's phones all day long. Some of the apps allow parents to set restrictions so they are turned off during school and homework time and can only have contact with certain phone numbers. This way, you can reach your children in an emergency, but prevent them from endangering themselves.