As a parent, I feel like I'm constantly weighing up the positives of technology and embracing the opportunities it offers our family, while also mitigating the risks it can pose to our kids. It’s complex, right? And with anything complex, it’s a good idea to keep the lines of communication open.
Social media is a great thing to talk about with our kids, especially as they approach the age where they might be wanting their own online profile. And once they are active on social media, we absolutely need to keep talking about it!
But what should we talk about? There are the obvious issues – online safety being top of the list. Privacy settings are right up there too. But also important is honest and open discussion about the role social media plays in our lives and the pervasive influence it can have on self-esteem and emotions. These topics might seem a bit deep, but it’s worth bouncing ideas around as our smart kids are capable of making great decisions and forming healthy perspectives – especially when we empower them with the ability to look at an issue from different angles.