Social Media Awareness
The digital age has changed the parenting landscape. Today’s parent often feels out of depth when it comes to parenting teens tied to their cell phones and social media accounts. Parenting expert, Alyson Schafer and technology expert, Amber Macarthur share advice on cyber safety, cyberbulling and more.
Parents need to be educated:
They read and hear so much about the topic of social media, but still feel lost and confused. Fear leads to imposing drastic measures like no cell phones or computers for those children. In today’s digital world abstinence is not a viable, or wise, parenting choice. Education and safety is the answer.
Sites and apps to be away of:
Disappearing social media is one of the biggest trends today. These programs allow users to send videos, images or message that are timed to disappear after viewing, unfortunately the viewer has the ability to screen capture the media and save it to there phone.
SnapChat – pictures and video are timed to disappear, but viewers can screen capture what they receive.
Whisper - allow you to post and share anonymously, not from your contact list.
Secret - post anonymously; application pulls posts for your viewing from those in your contact list, while you don’t know who exactly it is you are aware that it is being posted by someone in your social network.
Is your child being bullied? Here are a few signs they may be exhibiting:
Change in their demeanor. Any sign of anxiety or stress, like not eating, not sleeping, tummy aches, nail chewing, nightmares, etc…
Change in behaviours. Skipping school, grades dropping, hiding in their room, compulsively checking the phone or hiding the phone from you are common.
Poorly self esteem, self hate; “I hate myself.” “I am zero." “No one likes me."
Your parenting senses tell you that their stories and excuses are made up.
Remember that sometime children are acting badly online to defend themselves and don't want you to know about their activity either. Identify and discuss issues that they regard as “drama” (a.k.a. bullying).