Umm yes – parenting in 20?? Is very different to parenting teenagers 10 – 15 years plus ago – in my opinion. What’s different you may ask? Well lots of things are different which calls for many different parental skills and additional knowledge, resources, courage and nerve!
We now have Academy Schools and Free School’s neither of which is accountable to the Local Authority. What does this mean? Quite a lot actually as the Local Authority are no longer in a position to hold all schools to account and to provide the high-level oversight, scrutiny and support services that they use to provide.
How do you detect if your child is using alcohol or other substances? Yes of course your child is very sensible and wouldn’t use alcohol or illicit substances!
How do you control you child’s access to the Internet and how much time they spend on it?
Mobile Telephones and other such Internet accessible technological devices.
In 2015, a high percentage of children and young people either have their own mobile or Internet accessible device. So how do you control access and use of such for their own protection?
Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation
What do you do when your child is bullied in their school, locality, by their so-called friends and peers? How do you advise, guide and steer your son or daughter if they are being subjected to such horrific and soul-destroying behaviours? Well that’s if you even know that they are being subjected to such behaviours in the first place!
How do you control the access your child has to social media and what impact can social media have on your child? On their heart, mind, body, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing?
What do you do when popularity is very important to your child and their popularity is being threatened? Do you know the impact and what it means to your child to gain “likes” on social media?
Check back again soon as we discuss each of these issues further from a parental and a young persons perspective. Better still, if you are a young person, parent or have something relevant to this post to share and if you would like us to consider adding your blog or your experience, please send your information to Hello@redpressures.co.uk including your telephone number, email address / contact details.
Yvonne Cherrington DipSW MCMI