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Should you use a phone app to track your teen?

The Dilemma

Back in the eighth grade, Quinn had to have a smartphone, so she was all too happy to accept her parents’ offer: They would buy her a phone provided she kept the TeenSafe app installed. That app would allow them to review Quinn’s texts and call logs, and check her location whenever they wanted.

At the time, that seemed like a good bargain. Two years later, she’s not so sure. Quinn doesn’t care all that much about her texts and call logs — she never says anything too objectionable — but she hates that her parents know where she is all the time.

On the day of a crew service project, Quinn decides to rebel. When the project ends earlier than expected, she hides her phone at the work site and catches a ride with Avery to the mall. Returning a couple of hours later, her phone is still at the site — and so is her mom. Quinn’s mom had been trying to call and finally decided to drive to the worksite to see what was going on. She grounds Quinn and takes away her phone for two months.

For Discussion

Read the dilemma aloud with your youth and then discuss these questions:

Finally, discuss ways Quinn could resolve this situation, perhaps by renegotiating the deal she made with her parents.