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ability for their actions by sharing the responsibility of the decision to keep the filter on while also providing a little leeway as a young person moved into adolescence and began to seek information about sexuality independently, information that might otherwise be screened out by a filter. Youniss emphasized that monitoring is best done by maintaining open communication and a trusting relationship between parent and child so that a parent could discuss online activities with the child and receive honest answers. Through this relationship the child might also be more comfortable coming to the parent after encountering material that concerned them. Youniss felt existing literature was clear that this dialogue was much more beneficial to children's development than for a parent to snoop through Internet log files to secretly see where a young person had gone online.

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