I read an article earlier today about this mother who was surprised to receive a friend request from an adult man she didn’t know- after a bit of questioning she found out this man followed her 12 year old daughter on a streaming website. The daughter had an account solely for the reason of offering her friends advice and trying to help them solve problems.
The mother consficated her daughters laptop and grounded her. She also brought it to the attention of the girl’s school principal and made her daughter an example of internet safety. The daughter called it a “learning experience”.
What did she learn, however? That she is responsible for the actions of an adult man? Of an adult man who she had never purposefully communicated with before? That she is responsible for a grown man invading her privacy and integrating himself into a group of children in a predatory manner? That its her fault that a grown man is creepy and invasive?
This child wasn’t taught how to improve computer privacy. She wasn’t taught how to block people, or how to kick them out. She was punished, and for what?
That’s not parenting. That’s just going to put her into more danger in the future.