Teenagers aren’t always ready to deal with the adult world.For example, the teenage brain is still developing. This means teenagers sometimes make quick decisions and don’t always think through the consequences of behaviour. This might put them at risk.
So your child still needs your advice and support. He needs you to stay in touch with him and what he’s up to – this is called monitoring.But because teenagers also need privacy and independence, you need to monitor your child differently from when she was younger. You might need to use more sensitivity and discretion. And the way you monitor your child will change as she gets older.