My family is traditional and our kids study in an integrated school (with both religious and secular students). Lately we have found that our eldest child sends content that is incompatible with our family's values and makes the rest of us uncomfortable through Whatsapp. We worry about invading his privacy but are also greatly concerned. Should we delete the application from his device? <
Let's start by stating that in our opinion "online privacy" is an illusion: we believe it is important to allow children to have private spaces, but precisely because the web is not private you were exposed to the content he is spreading. As in other contexts, we believe in establishing real dialogue between children and parents on the subject of social media use. It is important not to react out of impulse, but rather out of consideration and with consistency. We believe disconnecting the child from the application would not constitute a long term solution. We would start by having an honest and open talk with him while avoiding being judgmental, and showing interest in his online conduct as well as bringing up the information that has reached your attention. Following that we would recommend forming clear household rules regarding social media use and asking ParaNet for further consultation and guidance.