When it comes to the topic of social media, you might think that you have it all figured out. Then, all of a sudden, you start to have kids, and that’s when you realize you’re actually pretty lost. The truth is that kids make us rethink how we perceive social media, and that’s because it has its own share of consequences on the human psyche. Should we be encouraging our kids to use social media? Here’s what we have to say on the matter.
Indeed, “tread lightly” is probably the best way we can describe it. Because it’s probably too extreme to say that you’ll shield your kids away from technology and social media. It would be simply naive to think that you could actually do that because once they get older they’ll come to resent you for trying to hide such a big part of the world away from them.
Rather, you should try to ease them into it. Maybe don’t create stories every day with them in it, and it’s probably best not to involve them in random video reels. Do the best you can to avoid including them on social media, but don’t hide it away from them like it’s the plague. Instead, educate them on what it is, and also how it can be very dangerous.
Tell them all about how addicting it can be, and how they need to be careful when it comes to peer pressure on social media as well. Empower them by letting them know that they don’t always have to be “connected”!