Teen privacy

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Teen privacy

You want to allow your teen some element of privacy, but you still want to be aware of what they are doing, who their friends are, how they spend their time, what their pastimes are. You want to be able to promote their hobbies, and at the same time, maybe not be an active participant. You want to be friendly, but not a buddy. You should allow some things that are off-limits for conversation. My son doesn't like to talk about who he has a crush on, and that's fair. You do want to know what they are doing, most of the time. At the same time, you want to engage with them in activities that you choose, they choose, or that you choose together. At the same time, have activities that they do, without you, and that you are aware of. I feel like I reached a milestone, when my son's friend befriended me on Facebook. Now I can be aware of what they are engaged in and, at the same time, I don't need to be an active participant.
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Lisa Gonsalves, MA

Behavior Therapist

In her career in youth development, Lisa Gonsalves, MA, has served youth populations across the globe over the past 25 years. Her professional experience includes creating, developing, and administering a variety of programs, development systems, and methods for young people as coordinator, counselor, and instructor for ages four through 24.  The various youth populations she has served include school age children with behavioral or mental heath diagnoses, urban and rural at-risk adolescents, foreign students, gay youth, socio-economically underprivileged, and middle class youth. She has a master’s degree in Social Policy for Youth Services.

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