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Plugged-in Parenting: Tips to Staying on Top of Today's Tech for Kids (Part 2)


Did you catch Part 1 of "Plugged-in Parenting"? Read it first, and then continue on to the 2nd portion of this insightful series!

Use Technology to Bond with Your Child

Monitoring your child’s social media use does not have to be a negative experience, wherein you are acting the part of a spy. girl-on-phone-2Use technology as an opportunity to learn something new from your children and brush up on your own skills. Vallestad, the mother of three kids all using technology, says she uses mobile app alerts that provide information on which social media applications her children are downloading.

“When I see that they have installed apps I either don’t know much about or that I’m worried about (such as SnapChat or Instagram), I make a point of having a good conversation about these services,” she says. “They teach me a lot about technology and the services while we talk about how things can be used for good or bad.”

These conversations can help to create trust between a parent and a child and allow opportunities to talk about how technology can be used to harm others and how to react in those situations. “With our frequent talks on tech, where I show that I’m both interested and involved in their digital lives and also allow them to use technology, I believe we have fostered an atmosphere where they will feel safe to tell me if something bad is happening,” says Vallestad.

To Be Continued...

Stay tuned for the 3rd and final segment of "Pluggin-in Parenting" tips!

Editor’s Note:

This article was originally published on with the title “Parenting in the Social Media Age: How to Keep Your Child Safe”.

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