Has your teen been watching 13 Reasons Why?
A secret may also be unsafe if…
- It affects your child's wellbeing (e.g. they feel stressed and have difficulties sleeping)
- It is a problem that is too complex for your child to solve on their own
How do I know if my child is keeping an unsafe secret?
All teens have a right to privacy. But keeping unsafe secrets can be stressful, distressing and even dangerous. Some warning signs that your child may be keeping an important secret may include:
Preoccupation with being online or communicating with friends
Changes in normal behaviour (e.g. changes in appetite or sleep patterns)
Acting secretive or suspicious of your motives when you show interest or ask questions
Asking unusual or theoretical questions about topics such as risk, safety, the law, or confidentiality
Seeming to leave out pieces of information or parts of stories when discussing something important
Extreme emotional responses to questions or conversation (e.g. getting angry when asked questions)