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Handling Social Media With Your Kids

Think Christianly: Handling Social Media With Your Kids

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Handling Social Media With Your Kids

I came across this article and it has some helpful suggestions. I am not an alarmist and am not arguing we return to the carrier pigeon--though there are days when it would probably be faster and more effective--but we do need to be wise. And children and teenagers lack one very essential ingredient for living well--experience. And the only way to get it is by living longer and/or trusting that your parents have acquired some wisdom along the way. These aren't the 10 commandments or anything, but if you are currently allowing unlimited /unmonitored access to your children in the area of social media, then you should reevaluate if this is truly wise course of action.

So here is some of the article by Jim Burns, PH.D...

"Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you're aware of the rise in popularity of social media with teens. From texting on cell phones to websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, today's kids are engaging in social media at an ever-increasing rate.

I probably don't have to say this, but the reality is: Social media is not a fad, and has become part of the fabric of American youth culture. It's estimated that during this year (2009), 15.5 million teen Internet users (75%) will use social networking websites. Facebook alone is said to have 300 million active users worldwide. and is the third most-visited website on the Internet, behind Google and Yahoo! In the course of a month, some 24% of all Internet users visit Facebook. And, two other social media sites, YouTube and MySpace hold the fourth and fifth spots as most visited websites in the U.S. Still, parents have to make choices about whether they will allow their adolescent kids to use these websites. And, if they allow their kids access to these sites, parents must provide both boundaries and oversight to their usage.

Talking to your kids about social media should be a top priority. Here are some of my thoughts on handling social media in your home." (More...)

For the adults on facebook, here is a recent post about the possibility of facebook addiction and wisdom by Mark Roberts. Click here

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