I caught my teen son sexting his girlfriend. They’re both 16. Should I be concerned? [Ask Dr. Drew]
Ask Dr. Drew
I caught my teen son sexting his girlfriend. They’re both 16. Should I be concerned?
Asked by C.F.
Dr. Drew’s Answer
You should be concerned but you should also educate yourself about what kids are up to in electronic media. This is certainly not unusual but it does require some added intervention.
First I would recommend a website: technologywellnesscenter.com.
There you can learn about what kids are doing online and ways you can respond effectively as a parent. This is also a chance to talk to him about his relationship with girls. What does he think this girl is experiencing or expecting from this relationship, even if it is only through texting at this point?
And you might also have a talk about bullying. These sexting pictures get passed around amongst male peers in ways that can end up in cruelty. Teenagers often don’t understand the long-term effects of their actions and learning more about what they are doing online will help you guide your son.