In this digital age, young people are flooded with information — both good and bad. And because my family lives in the spotlight, often people ask me how I guide my kids on social media. It all comes down to communicating to your children the correct use and purpose of these online platforms…
The 2 Guidelines for My Kids on Social Media
To begin with, your kids are going to get on social media sooner or later. So, you must not instill fear or concerns around it…
I think the best thing I can do for my daughters, Scarlett and Sabrina, is to help them get known by as many people as possible. My — and your kids, too — are going to need other people to get anywhere in life.
SO THE MORE CONTACTS THEY HAVE, THE BETTER.
Social media is an incredible tool to accomplish that.
That being said, there are some parameters for my kids on social media…
Use it to Convey a Message
As I mentioned earlier, you need to do is teach your kids the right way and reason to use social media.
It’s not to get “likes” and compliments…
It’s not to get a massive following…
THE PURPOSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IS TO PROMOTE AND SPREAD YOUR MESSAGE.
For that reason, I encouraged the girls to do the 10X Kids Show on my YouTube channel. Also, I set up their own accounts on various platforms.
This has helped me raise confident kids who use social media with intention.
However, my daughters are still 12 and 14 years old. So, I have to make sure this next rule is in place…
Never Use Social Media to Relieve “Boredom”
If you are a parent, you know that kids have short attention spans.
In one way, this is a positive thing because they always want to learn something new. On the other hand, it means that young men and women get bored easily.
And I know what I did as a teenager when I got bored…
I’D GO LOOKING FOR — AND I’D USUALLY FIND — TROUBLE.
That means I don’t allow my girls to death scroll to fill their time. Scarlett and Sabrina get on their accounts to promote themselves and make contacts.
With these two instructions in place, I don’t worry about my kids using social media. But I have just a couple of notes before we wrap things up.
Final Thoughts on Kids Using Social Media
Don’t get me wrong. I trust my daughters, and I let them have an online presence.
Nevertheless, I do not give my kids free rein over their social media. I have the login information to their accounts as well as ways to monitor their activity.
Between the precepts above and those safety measures, I have to have any issues I’ve had to address with them.
Some education, communication, and trust go a long way with kids. They are more understanding than you think.
Be Great — On and Offline,
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