Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Parenting Social Media

Common sense tells us we should know what our kids are doing on social media, and the news reveals that our effectiveness may be a matter of life and death.

Cyber bullying and depression are on the rise, but with a family full of women and two men who are stimulated by their eyes, I am especially convicted about making sure everyone understands reality versus the fantasy so many people appear to be creating on social media.  We can live our best lives behind the screen even if it has very little to do with reality.

Even adults struggle with understanding that it's just a filter, Baby.

If it is hard for us, how much more difficult is it for our kids who have so much more to learn?

No one has all of the answers and always being aware of what our kids are doing on social media can be difficult. However, the are several practical steps we can take as parents.  Watch the video for all of the details, but I will say that the heart of the matter is a need for guard rails.  Boundaries are excellent for damage control.  They don't make us popular with our kids, but are appreciated by all when failure happens and the consequences aren't nearly as bad as they could have been.

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