Inappropriate snapchat dialog - 13 yr old boy

Diana - posted on 08/11/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I just discovered my 13-year-old son sending and receiving inappropriate Snapchat's. In one of the Snapchat's he confesses that he is gay. I want to help him understand why we do not allow inappropriate Snapchat's. I also want him to know that I have nothing against homosexuality, and I am there for his guidance and support. What now?

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Michelle - posted on 08/11/2016

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I agree with Jodi.
He's not responsible enough to be able to access these apps so you take them away. Explain why and that he will get access back when he can prove that he is responsible.

Jodi - posted on 08/11/2016

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He has clearly demonstrated that he cannot use his technology appropriately, so you remove it for a period of time and before you return it to him, you put appropriate boundaries AND checks in place (you get to have all his passwords, etc.). This is how the punishment fits the crime.

Quite honestly, these social media sites, despite the fact they CAN sign up at 13, are inappropriate for 13 year olds. I'm a teacher, and you'd be horrified at the things I've had to scrub my eyes out for because of the inappropriate things children post. They are not children's apps.

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Dove - posted on 08/11/2016

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No 13 year old belongs on a device that can support Snapchat. That is my belief after having two 14 year olds who had devices capable of supporting Snapchat for about 6-8 months (until the devices were stolen). Granted, 'they' never did anything inappropriate, but the risk is too great and teenagers can say and do some really stupid and inappropriate things at times.

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