Figuring out how to parent a social media generation has its challenges. After all, there are a number of apparent dangers online. What does it take to be a good parent in today’s digital world? These positive parenting tips will help guide you through the ins and outs of your preteen and teen’s life. Here’s what The Christian Science Monitor has to say.
How To Parent The Social Savvy Generation
Jake Lee, a tanned California teenager in baggy shorts and a T-shirt, is lounging on the floor of his parents’ midcentury home. They live in a suburban Silicon Valley enclave of tech workers, cyber-savvy kids, and the occasional Google self-driving car that whirs past along pristine, eucalyptus-lined streets. He flicks through his iPhone, his fingers moving with the speed and dexterity of a jazz pianist, as he answers the sporadic text message.
Children are getting more and more addicted to their gadgets every day. Their eyes are constantly glued to a screen, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, or their laptop. In fact, some of them are rarely seen without a phone in hand, scrolling through their social media feeds. They tend to keep busy with Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat — and those are just the more popular apps.
Foster A Good Relationship With Your Kids
— Aurie Good (@AurieGood) August 21, 2017
Many moms and dads have so many questions when it comes to how to parent their children. At times, they feel helpless on the entire issue. They’re unaware of how to set limits on internet use. As a result, they worry about what happens when their children are in school, or when they’re hanging out with friends.
The secret to having a good parent and child relationship is to have open communication between both parties. Communication needs to be a 2-way street. Parents need to voice out their reasons in order to be clear about why they set limitations on their children’s internet use. However, this doesn’t mean they can hound over their children’s every action. Instead, they should trust their kids to stick within the limitations given.
Social media can be a tricky subject. Mistakes can be made and they won’t be easily deleted. Parents should be able to discuss the consequences of social media and how it can harm their kids. When parents open the subject, they’ll be able to converse with their children and explain their side. It also works out better in the long run. Kids won’t feel afraid to ask their parents questions they might have once thought were uncomfortable.
Practice Social Media Safety
— TeenSafe (@TeenSafeCom) August 9, 2017
Moms and dads who know how to parent a Gen Z kid have taken the time to educate their son or daughter about the use of the internet. These are the parents who see the value of social media. So they allow their children to use it, albeit with limitations. In a nutshell, these are the parents who continuously put in an effort to teach their children about social media safety.
Here’s something you can watch in today’s How to Parent article. Press play on the video below to teach your kids how to be safe online:
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