When parents talk about social media to their kids, there are 2 types of discussion that usually happens.
It’s either “Social Media is bad! A computer is not good for you! You shouldn’t use one!”
Or they just let their kids let loose. No discussions at all. They just buy them a smartphone and that’s it.
Here’s the thing: It’s essential to have a simple talk about social media. Tweens and teens should be aware of the consequences these social network apps could bring. In that way, they can utilize social networking platforms to enhance their potential, and not just waste their time away sending memes on messenger.
With that, here are 5 healthy habits you should teach your kids with.
5 Healthy Social Media Habits
Here’s a quick rundown of the social networking habits you should be teaching your kids. For a full discussion, scroll down for more.
- Set limits and have a purpose.
- Create instead of Consume
- Understand that Social Media isn’t reality.
- Think before you click
- Live in the Moment
1. Set Limits and Have a Purpose
Teach your children about the different usage of social media such as:
- Connecting with Friends and Family
- Check current events
- View Entertainment Content
- Learn About Different Topics (Science, Personal Development, etc)
- Buy Products (Online Shops)
Once you’ve tackled these topics to them, teach them to use social media in a limited time and with a purpose so they won’t spend their time mindlessly scrolling.
2. Create instead of Consume
Encourage your tween/teen to showcase their talents on social platforms. Instead of stopping them to post, help them figure their talents and even share their works on your own social networking profile. Companies are also looking for new talents online and having your child show his/her skills might open a lot of opportunities for him/her.
3. Understand that Social Media Isn’t Reality
Remind your children that social media isn’t equal to reality. It’s just a highlight (sometimes fabricated) reel of someone’s life. Tell them that people have problems too, it’s just that they don’t show it online. So if he/she has problems in the future, he/she won’t compare him/her to other people, as he/she has a different perspective.
4. Think Before You Click
Establish the different consequences of posting too much online. Let them know the terms of service on different social platforms. Remind them that not all challenges should be imitated. Inform them that once you post something on the internet, it will stay there forever.
5. Live in the Moment
Tell them that when they are in an event, taking photos and videos is fun, but they shouldn’t overdo it. Remind them that social media is there to share moments, and not ruin it. Teach them the importance of social media, as well as the beauty of being in the moment.
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