With the boom of technology growing from home desktop computers to portable super-computers that fit snuggly in our back pockets, it’s no surprise that social media changed the way we communicate with our kids. These small computers, also known as smart phones, have never been more available than they are right now. And the tech is just going to keep getting more advanced.
With our constant demand for technology that is faster, smarter, and easier to use, the demand for social media access grows. People are looking to connect across the world now more than ever, and your children are no exception. Your children are the first generation growing up with technology and social media in their lives. Parenting today means taking on a whole new level of monitoring. So where do we go from here? How has social media changed the world of parenting and, better yet, how can we keep up?
You’re going to need to consult with the best social media parents’ guide available. This is just a brief overview of social parenting, but this guide will give you everything you need to know about how you should approach social media access with your kids.
What is Social Parenting?
Social parenting is active engagement with your child/children on social media. It’s creating accounts and using platforms to share information with them and develop your own online personality alongside their own. It is not controlling their social media use. It is not demanding the passwords to their accounts nor is it watching them behind their back while they’re online.
It’s all about trust and engagement. Communicate with your kids to see what they use most on their phones. See what works with your lifestyle and be prepared to learn how to use a new website.
Why Should You Bother?
Whether we like it or not, the world is becoming more and more digitally connected. If we want to communicate on the same level as our children, we need to adapt. Parents and social media can work really well together with patience and a determination to bond with your child. There are many reasons why having both an online and an offline relationship will boost your closeness with your child.
Social parenting brings a lot of opportunities for positive reinforcement. If you see your child post a photo, whether it be a selfie or art that they have created, the chance arises. Seeing a ‘heart’ from their mom(s) or dad(s) gives that child an extra confidence boost. You also have the chance to write them encouraging comments that you normally wouldn’t be able to tell them right away. Plus, your child/children might have thoughts, ideas, or images feel comfortable posting that they might not tell you in person. Having access to their Tweets, Facebook posts, or Instagram photos allows you to see their life the way they want to present it.
But be careful: social media is all about crafted personalities. Your teenager, just like every internet user, carefully crafts what they want others to see. Don’t jump to conclusions if one of their posts make you nervous. The best thing you can do it communicate your concern and encourage them to think about their image from your perspective.
Another thing to note is that all good things should be done in moderation. If you are constantly posting comments on your child’s page, liking their photos, or sending them positivity, they could get annoyed. The relationship between kids and social media is very tricky. You have to determine the right balance of being supporting, and overbearing. It’s all about communication.
Which Social Media Sites Should I Explore?
It seems as if there is a new social media site popping up every day. It can be hard to focus on social parenting when the amount of social media to learn grows all the time.
But learning how to navigate social media websites is essential in society, especially when it comes to parenting. Sit your child down and ask them which social media websites they use most. They might be a little awkward but if you explain that you want to get better at the internet, they’ll understand. Social media for kids and social media for parents are pretty different, but there are essential ways that they are connected. Take your child’s advice and words, mull them over, and decide which points of connection work best for you.
Let’s go over some of the top sites that your child will recommend you joining:
This is classic. Facebook is the number one social networking site. It allows you to connect with relatives, friends, and strangers around the world. Parenting on Facebook is simple once you get the hang of it. Focus on making your own profile, then add your child/children. This is the most accepted form of online connection between parents and their children.
A photo-based social media platform, Instagram is where a lot of kids spend their time these days. Creating an Instagram is like creating an online scrap-book. You put all your best memories and photos into one profile for the world to see. It’s acceptable to post pictures of your child on your social media, but don’t overload it. You don’t want to embarrass them.
Though popular, most kids don’t like talking about Twitter. It usually ends up being a place for kids to vent their feelings, geek out about pop culture, and make jokes. Some teens won’t be comfortable sharing their twitter with you, and that is alright. Twitter won’t be a point of connection for everyone. But if it is, twitter can be a great place for you to talk about your work life and hobbies aside from engaging with your child.