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Technology is all around our kids — at school, at home, and in their pockets. Keeping our kids safe and well online is top of mind for many of us. We’re also facing tough questions — how much screen time is too much? When is the right time to get a child a phone? How much supervision should you have over your child’s social media accounts? And many others. More research is needed in this area, but there are many steps you can take now to work with your child to create a safer and healthier experience. Here are some tips to help you and your family navigate social media together!
Having open and frequent conversations about how technology and social media affect your family can help provide an opening for honest discussions.
A family media plan or media use agreement offers a straightforward method for you and your children to establish the media priorities that are most meaningful for your family.
Many platforms have options for parents to help support their kids’ time online. Here are some terms and tools you may look out for:
With protections, and appropriate and agreed-upon time limits in place, social media can be a helpful tool to find and connect with a community and can provide an opportunity to learn from peers about a variety of subjects. You can create bonding time with your child by using social media together to dive into different topics they are interested in and then use what you learn to create special bonding moments outside of the platforms.
Does your child love to cook? Take time together to identify your child’s favorite chefs, watch their videos together, and then once a week, take one of the recipes and make it at home.
Does your child love to travel? Spend time together to watch your favorite travel influencers' trips and save all the places you both are interested in. Then, when the family is planning the next family vacation, pick one of those places you saved and begin planning your itinerary by using geo hashtags to find cool and interesting attractions.
Does your child love to dance? Spend time together finding fun dances online that the family can learn together. Next family get together, you’ll be ready to show off your new moves!