In this increasingly digital world, parenting rules are changing. Children are experiencing things like bullying, over-sharing, and teen angst online in a largely public arena. The resources below will help parents not only learn more about how to navigate through the digital world of their children but also how to help their children navigate through it themselves.
1. “14 tips to keep your child safe on social media” – galioninquirer.com: These tips are a quick 1 – 2 lowdown on the most popular social media sites among today’s youth.
2. “Texting Trouble: When Minor Issues Become Major Problems” – raisingdigitalnatives.com: Social Media isn’t the only digital communication in which children need to tread carefully. Texting can bring it’s own set of social challenges.
3. “One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete” – democratandchronicle.com: Athletes as well as any student hoping to attend college and start a career afterwards should keep in mind that college and job recruiters can and often do reference social media profiles to learn about athletes/students/job applicants.
“We found his Twitter account, looked through it and some of what we saw isn’t representative of what our university is about,” the recruiter explained.
4. “28 Internet acronyms every parent should know” – cnn.com: From texting to tweeting, teens have practically invented their own language in acronyms. Good luck decoding their messages if you haven’t learned their language!
5. “Snooping on teens online a tough road for parents, but there is hope” – denverpost.com: Concerned about snooping on your kids’ social media lives? Many teens are moving to apps with more private communications anyway. The most important thing is to be sure the communication between you and your teen is open and on-going. Have the tough conversations and remember to always be available to really listen.
6.”8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids” – mashable.com: These fundamental lessons for internet use by kids will help you define your family’s online conversations.