As your children get older, they are naturally going to want to use social media to connect with their friends, follow celebrities, and post their pics, videos, and any other content they create.
How Much Social Media Connectedness Is Too Much?
And with the way that social media is integrated into basically all forms of entertainment and advertising these days, there’s practically no way that your kids won’t be exposed to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and any and all new platforms that pop up as they grow older. Furthermore, it is getting tough to define “screen time” or time spent on social media and the internet especially when these things are becoming increasingly integrated into every day life.
Social Media Is Embedded In Their Lives
It’s not just friends and family - it is in the media, the celebrities they look up to, and even the brands they use or want to buy. Like it or not, social media is a pretty pervasive part of our everyday life, and no matter how you might like to avoid it altogether, that’s a fool’s errand.
And while naturally you can and should limit your kids’ screen time including their access and usage of social media, especially when they are on the younger side, there will come a time when they’ll be navigating the social media waters on their own. So the best thing that you can do is prepare them for the inevitable!
Your Kids Are More Perceptive Than You Think
In fact, the smarter thing to do might be to make sure that your kids understand the perils of social media, and that they have a strong understanding of what not to do.
Also, give them some credit. After all, if their peers are the ones who make up most of a given platform’s users, there’s a strong chance they already have a pretty good idea of how things work online.
Focus On The Good Stuff
It is all too easy to get caught up in the perils of social media - especially with the news seemingly focused on the horror stories about bullying and worse that happen every day on various networks.
However, there’s a whole lot of goodness happening on social media as well, from the obvious positive things like awareness being raised for all sorts of good cause to the fact that it has never been easier for talented content creators to get their voices heard. Essentially, your kids should understand that social media is a powerful tool and it can really enrich your life, when used correctly - and of course.
Remember That Personal Connections Are More Important Than Digital Ones
At the end of the day, there’s nothing that’s more important than family and friends. And that’s something that is more important than ever to express to your children, along with your nieces, nephews, and any other children who are a significant part of your life.
After all, it is one of the ironies of this overly connected world that social media might drive us further apart from the people that they have actual real life connections too - and that’s something that’s incredibly valuable for both parents and their kids to understand.