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Plugged-in Parenting: Tips to Staying on Top of Today's Tech for Kids (Part 3)

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Did you catch Part 1 and Part 2 of "Plugged-in Parenting"? Read both first, and then continue on to the 3rd and final portion of this educational series!

Have a Plan of Action

As you are learning the technology, it’s important to remember the top three actions to take when your child is engaged in social media, according to Vallestad.

  • Technology is Important to Your Child: Understand that your kids need to use technology and be part of the girl-on-phone-3online communities where their peers are. It’s part of their lives and if you remove it, you will probably create a growing gap between you and your child instead of fostering an atmosphere of dialogue.
  • Open Conversations are Necessary: Engage in open and trusting conversations with your kids about technology. Let them tell you, show you and teach you. Reacting with anger or shock to things you might see could result in your kids closing down conversations. Try to stay calm and ask questions. Together, you can agree on rules. Sometimes you both may come to the conclusion that a particular service is not ok. Other times, it is ok but you may require that you will be a friend or follower.
  • Research is Key: Do your own research on services and use that research to ask your kids the right questions. However, don’t automatically assume that your kids are using a questionable service in a wrong way simply because there is a lot of information online about that service being used negatively. Do keep an open eye and make sure you are neither naïve nor ignorant about social media.

That's a wrap on this insightful series!

Editor’s Note:

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

28
Dec
Posted by Kenney Myers in Parent, General ← Previous Post Next Post →

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