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10 September 2019

“It’s 10 o’clock: Do you know where your children are?” Recent advances in understanding parental monitoring and adolescents’ information management

This article reviews recent research on how parents obtain knowledge of their adolescents’ activities and how adolescents manage that information. Measures of parental monitoring have most often focused on measuring parents’ knowledge of their children’s whereabouts, rather than on parents’ active surveillance. More recent research, which controls for parent–adolescent relationships, has found that adolescents’ voluntary disclosure to parents about their activities, associates, and whereabouts is more important than previously recognised in predicting parental knowledge and, in turn, reducing teens’ involvement in risky behaviour.