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Latayne’s Corner: For Teens and Internet, Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

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For Teens and Internet, Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

by Latayne C. Scott

In the book, Protecting Your Child From Predators, Dr. Beth Robinson gives an example from her case files of a teenager, Katie, who was determined to keep communicating (that is, sexting) even though her mom thought she was monitoring the “usual” social media accounts to prevent that.

Katie was innovative—she hid some of her phone apps under innocuous labels such as “calculator.” Like many tech-savvy teens, she talked to friends and researched how to keep her texting and other online communications secret.

Never underestimate the resourcefulness of a teen! Recently a news story described how a girl known as “Dorothy” was grounded by her mom for her distraction during cooking – which actually caused a kitchen fire. The penalty? Mom took away her cell phone.

Undeterred, the girl began posting on Twitter from a handheld Nintendo device, —but her mom discovered this when she looked at the girl’s account. So, the girl used a Wii U gaming console. Her mom saw the tweets and took away the devices.

Even more determined, the girl realized that she could post online from the family’s LG Refrigerator.

This time, it wasn’t mom who busted her—it was LG.

Don’t think this will escape the notice of teens—there’s now a hashtag, #freeDorothy.

Dorothy is grounded. Again.

“I may be late to reply, as it is difficult to find something to use Twitter,” she told a reporter. (No explanation of how she was able to talk to the reporter. But she is indeed resourceful.)


About the Author

Latayne C Scott at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Latayne C. Scott is the author of 25 published books and thousands of magazine articles. She is co-author with Dr. Beth Robinson of Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger (Bethany, 2019) and an upcoming book about how to talk to teens about sex (also to be published by Bethany.) She blogs with Dr. Beth Robinson at

Her latest books are What Will Be Made Plain: An Amish Ghost Story (TSU Press, 2019), A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, 2017), The Parables of Jesus (TSU Press, 2017), and as a contributor to Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel 2017).

Connect with Latayne at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

You can read “Latayne’s Corner” on the 4th Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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