Should I let my 14 year old have social media?

Ali - posted on 10/03/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My autistic daughter is 14 and started high school. She's never wanted any social media before and was more interested in playing kids games. She's doing very well at school and gets along w/ other kids at school. She wants to have Facebook or Instagram all at least 98% of the kids her age do because she wants to get involved with things that her friends are involved with like friend groups, school groups, etc. what would be some good social media rules for my 14 year old? She is now very good at social interactions and joined some clubs and teams.

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April - posted on 10/14/2016

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Hi! I think it is great that you are thinking about setting up guidelines that will help your daughter succeed in the world of social media. Social media can be a powerful tool, but it should not be entered into lightly. Some rules that have helped our family are making sure that the password is known by the parent and child, no adult “friends” unless it is family or their pastor, and complete transparency. Transparency is important to help the child stay accountable. With all of that said and as a fellow mama of a child with autism, social media is not the best place for any child to be. ( http://bit.ly/2dbJAEh ) Face to face interaction can be hard enough for a child with autism to distinguish what another person is feeling emotionally, what the other person’s verbal message truly is, or social cues. Social media allows very few cues at all to help the child navigate what another person might be implying or really meaning. You know your daughter best though. I pray things go well for both of you no matter what you decide. Navigating these teen years is tough stuff! Lol!

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