If your child is hiding their phone, our team can help you determine the reason for this concerning behavior and what to do about it.
Giving your child a cell phone can help make both your lives easier in many ways—they’ll be able to contact you easily if the need arises, and you’ll be able to check in with them to ensure that they are safe. However, phones can also be misused, and it is also understandable to be concerned about the dangers lurking on the internet or in various apps. Here at The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center, we have had many parents and caregivers reach out to us due to concern over a child hiding their phone from adults. In some cases, this behavior can mean that your child is experiencing online abuse.
Online abuse can take many forms, and it can be perpetuated both by strangers and by people that your child knows in real life. For example, your child may start hiding their phone from you because they don’t want to see that they have been exchanging text messages with a stranger, or because they don’t want you to know that their peers have been sending them cruel or demeaning comments on social media. If your child is hiding their phone, we encourage you to reach out to our team to get more information and advice on how best to address the situation.
Our team is proud to serve the Davidson County, North Carolina community, and we want to help you protect the children in your life from all forms of abuse. If you’ve noticed a child hiding their phone, simply reach out to our team to find out more about whether this behavior could be a sign that they are being abused.