Teens Share Social Media Advice for Parents

As parents, it can be challenging to keep up with our children’s lives in the vast world of social media; however, it’s an important duty that can’t be ignored in this parenting age.

“If we want teens and tweens to adopt better habits and healthier choices online and in-real life, we have to change how we talk about the social world, both online and in-real-life,” wrote Ana Homayoun for The Washington Post. “In the end, promoting social media wellness is all about developing awareness and encouraging open communication.”

For perspective and advice on this topic, The Washington Post went straight to the source to uncover these practical tips from teenagers who were recently asked what they wished their parents knew about social media.

1. Take inventory of devices and encourage self-regulation of screen time.

2. Avoid being a micromanager by having open-ended conversations.

3. Teach self-filter strategies that build critical thinking skills.

4. Talk about what apps your children are using the most and why.

5. Keep an eye on your children’s social followers.

6. Acknowledge that there are lots of good things on social media, too.

7. Prepare your children by having the hard conversations about topics like sexting.

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