I have parental controls on my 15 year old Sons mobile phone. He gets annoyed that it will ask for a code for the simplest websites. I don’t want him to access things he shouldn’t and want to preserve some innocence for as long as possible. Aibu. Should I unrestrict when he’s 16? I’d prefer to keep it restricted until he’s 18 :-)
Teach your 15 year old about the dangers of the internet rather than thinking you can control his life. Additionally if you think you are controlling his access to the internet through that one devise then you’re incredibly naive.
seriously? You’re going to end up with a son who doesn't come to you when they’re in trouble and will hide things from you. If you really think this will stop them looking at things they shouldn't then you’re kidding yourself.
* He knows you don't trust him. He'll remember not to ask you for advice about sensitive subjects.*
Distrust breeds distrust!!
I have given my 16yo enough space and responsibility to make up her own mind about what's right and wrong. She doesn't always get it correct first time, but We are very close so we discuss together what she could have changed to get a better result.
In contrast her friend has a very controlling mother. She to lies about where she is, who she is with and what she is doing. It's caused no end of arguments, trips to docs for the morning after pill and sleepless nights for all concerned.
Show ur child you respect them and they will respect you!
This seems really OTT. I would definitely tell him that on his 16th birthday you will remove all those locks from his phone, if you wouldn't consider just doing that now.
Be prepared for him to go crazy on the pornography and social media - he'll be like a kid let loose in a sweet shop! He hasn't been given the tools to deal with this sort of thing so be prepared for a lot of issues to crop up with his internet usage. Think Mormon at a frat party.