My boy just turned 10 and while I don't helicopter parent him, my husband and I do monitor his media usage. We got him a watch phone so he can call and text us and family we've approved. It gives him a lot of freedom to run around with his friends in the neighborhood, but he can't just talk to anyone. I want him to be a little boy as long as possible. I know I can't protect his little heart and brain forever, I can try.

This is the way. We can't stop it entirely but we can delay it as long as possible!