I think that most parents are not aware of what’s happening on these sites.
And sadly, I think that many parents have absolutely no influence in their children’s lives, or even believe that they have no right to interfere with their children’s choices, especially when that child is a pre-teen or teen. They are afraid that their children won’t love them anymore if they exercise parental authority, and they have no ideas or plans or practical methods to bring up their children to be productive, pleasant, faith-filled people. They just kind of drift through parenting letting everything roll along and one day, their kids are grown ups.
And of course, many parents DO know how to impose discipline and raise their children well, but the society in which we live is too alluring for the child/teen to resist, and the parents lose the battle. It was different back when EVERY parent was on the same page, but nowadays, a parent who tries to be “strict” is often condemned by other parents as well as by their own children, and sometimes, the law goes against parents who attempt to discipline their children by taking away privileges or moving them to a different school or social organization.
I think there are a lot of homes where the parents and children are living in totally separate spheres and don’t know or understand each other at all. Some of this is because both parents work and are so exhausted that they literally come home, order in a dinner, devour it in separate rooms so that each family member can pursue the recreation of their choice (social media, phone apps, television, reading, sitting outside on the patio, going out with friends, etc.).
One of my co-workers gets up at 4 A.M. so she has time for a cup of coffee in the morning. Then she gets her toddlers up, feeds them, gets them dressed, and drops them off at “school” while she works from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. She runs some errands after work or does an exercise class, then picks them up at 5:30 p.m. (when the “school” closes), drives them home (a half hour), makes dinner while they play, feeds them, and puts them to bed by around 8 p.m.
Her husband has pretty much the same schedule, but he sleeps later in the morning and works later in the evening, so he isn’t around much, either.
She is actually WITH her toddlers, interacting with them, for about 2 hours out of the 24.
I find that sad. Hopefully the children will grow up well and be a joy and comfort to their parents. But it strikes me that this is no way to “raise” children. No wonder parents have no idea what’s going on in their child’s world, especially online.