Teenager wants to be on social media...my response "HECK NO"

Lisa - posted on 03/19/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I feel it is too dangerous and she is FAR to NAIVE.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/26/2014

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Ok, that's your choice as a parent.

However, I have to point out that you cannot keep your kids in bubble wrap their entire lives, and since this technology crap is here to stay, you'd be better off teaching responsible internet behaviour.

Jennie - posted on 03/26/2014

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How old is she? What sort of community are you in? Are most kids on some sort of media and she's the only one who isn't, or would she be one of the first?

I think teens need to have social media training wheels - you can approach it a bunch of different ways, but I think you'll be most successful if you talk with her about what she wants and why she wants it and lay down some ground rules - no electronics in her room for starters. Make her put her phone/ipad/computer/whatever in a central area at bedtime - like the kitchen.
Kids are far more savvy than you might imagine when it comes to social media and if you don't give her training wheels at some point she's just going to do what she wants and you'll have no idea. Best to keep the lines of communication open.

I believe it all boils down to teaching kids self control. All the discussions about social media, how to manage their time, what foods to eat, how to avoid all sorts of things - it's all the same conversation..

If you withhold everything she'll never learn.

Jennie - posted on 03/26/2014

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How old is she? What sort of community are you in? Are most kids on some sort of media and she's the only one who isn't, or would she be one of the first?

I think teens need to have social media training wheels - you can approach it a bunch of different ways, but I think you'll be most successful if you talk with her about what she wants and why she wants it and lay down some ground rules - no electronics in her room for starters. Make her put her phone/ipad/computer/whatever in a central area at bedtime - like the kitchen.
Kids are far more savvy than you might imagine when it comes to social media and if you don't give her training wheels at some point she's just going to do what she wants and you'll have no idea. Best to keep the lines of communication open.

I believe it all boils down to teaching kids self control. All the discussions about social media, how to manage their time, what foods to eat, how to avoid all sorts of things - it's all the same conversation..

If you withhold everything she'll never learn anything except that you don't trust her.

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