should you call the parent? Here's when to step in, say experts.
It can be startling, what parents of teens can overhear or otherwise learn about their own child’s friends — who's getting in with a misguided crowd, who's taken up a not-so-secret vaping habit, who seems depressed or even suicidal.
And sometimes, the instinct to reach out to the parent with news that their teen might be in trouble can be a strong one — especially when your child comes directly to you with the information.
But when is that helpful and important — and when is it crossing a line? The answers are nuanced, say experts, and depend on many factors.