I grew up in a time were social media was non-existent. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no snap chat and no twitter. I didn’t even have a cell phone until I started university, and I’m talking about a flip, pay as you go phone. It was far from today’s smart phones.
As a mom of one rambunctious 3 year old daughter, who practically came out of the womb with iPad and iPhone skills, I am terrified of what the future holds for my toddler, when it comes to social media.
You hear so much about cyber bullying, and frankly, this is something I know nothing about. After a bit of research, I found the following tips, to teach your children how to grow up in the age of social media.
After reading Growing Up on Social Media… The hard way, on the Scary mommy blog, I found that the following paragraph really made sense.
“We tell them that the world is different from the way it was when we grew up, a time-honored mantra adopted by parents from all time periods. We tell them they have to be careful. We tell them not to give personal information or passwords out online, or to allow strangers to “friend” them. We tell them that, even though it’s a hard new world to navigate, social media is an inescapable reality in the 21st century. We tell them that we’ll be there like watch dogs, and that we know all the tricks (alternate accounts where Mom isn’t a friend, or blocking Mom from seeing posts, for example).”
I think this one is the most important advice a parent can pass along to their littles. Be careful of what you post, don’t say or share anything hurtful, and be mindful that whatever you post, is online forever. Yes. Forever.
Do not share personal information
Do not share passwords, Social Insurance Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, geographical location, and do not add strangers as a friend. These unknown people will have access to everything you post, and why should they?
Keep an eye out
Be a watchdog, look out for your kids. Do not give them free range on social media until they are older, and fully understand the effects of social media. Set boundaries and monitor their usage, comments and accounts.
Social media is an unavoidable reality
There is really no sense in banning my daughter, in the years to come, from using social media, as it is the way of the future. However, teaching her the importance of using caution will utilizing social media is key. This will help prepare and protect your children from a negative social media experience
What are your thoughts about your growing children using social media? Any tips or comments?
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