Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the state Health Department revealed that out of a survey of 80,000 teenagers, over 5,000 have traded sex for something of value including money, drugs, alcohol, food, etc. For more details including some breakdowns of the stats by gender and race, check out this article by MPR News.
The article mentions that the key to prevention is educating young people and focus on defining what are healthy and unhealthy relationships. While we wholeheartedly agree with that notion, we also believe parents should also utilize technology to take a more active role in monitoring their child’s online behavior.
MMGuardian is a parental control app that uses artificial intelligence to alert parents about signs of sexting, bullying, and inappropriate pictures in addition to other concerning topics such as drugs and suicidal thoughts. MMGuardian also provides an expansive list of other features such time limits, reports on SMS texts and messages in select social media apps including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, contact blocking, web filtering, location, and much more.
To get started with MMGuardian and receive a 14-day free trial, click here.
Consider also joining our Facebook group “Tech-Savvy Parenting” to discuss raising kids in the 21st century with other parents.