It’s hard to believe that only a few short years ago social media consisted primarily of Facebook. Today, there is a slew of options for our students. Whether it’s Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr, YikYak, AskFM, WhatsApp, or Twitter many of our students are using social media already or just getting started learning how to interface with it. In a recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics social media use continues to rise. According to this study, 75% of teens own a phone with 22% of teens logging into their favorite social media site more than 10 times per day.
Parenting magazine recently published a list of tips that every parent should keep in mind.
- No underage Facebooking
- Check your child’s privacy settings
- Use filtering software
- Create ground rules as a family
- Get to know your child’s online habits
- Keep the computer in a central location in the home
- Urge your kids to avoid online surveys and questionnaires from people they do not know
- Monitor the images your child(ren) posts online
- Model appropriate social media use for your child(ren)
- Limit cell phone use
- Teach kids about an online reputation
- Talk to your child about online dangers
- Get to know the technology your child(ren) are using
In an era where there is more information in our pocket than ever before, please continue to talk with your child(ren) about their social media use and remaining safe online.