When we say social media, we mean communicating – either with words, images, or both – through a digital medium. So even if your child isn’t on Instagram or SnapChat, maybe they play online video games; email friends, family, or teachers; or text. Or maybe you keep family members up to speed through FaceBook posts which include information or images of your child. The truth is, if your child interacts with their peers, they are being exposed to social media platforms.
Have a conversation with your child about your views about social media and ask them to share theirs. Build A Foundation. Do you use a device? Demystify Your Digital Life. Is your child starting to see things from the perspective of others? Be The School Principal and untangle some thorny issues about interpreting statements with little or no context.
Regardless of whether you plan to allow your child access to social media, we still think the TDSU approach has a lot to offer! Our social-emotional focused resources not only prepare your children for digital citizenry in the event that they do participate in online interactions, but they also enhance the bond you already have with your child.