Social media is huge! Teens eat, breathe, and sleep social media. Someone has said that this generation is the “technology everywhere generation.” No matter where or what they are teens are doing, they are usually connected to some social media network. Whether that’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, they are hyper-connected and social media has become how they do life. This creates a huge task for parents. The goal of parenting is not just protecting, it’s preparing teens to become Godly adults who make wise choices. So parents must learn how to parent their teens in regards to social media. To do that parents must not watch from the side lines or just protect their teens from having a Facebook or Twitter. They must become missionaries into the teen social media culture. They must know it, navigate it, and be in it.
I did a seminar last night for our CCC parents called “Social Media 101.” In that seminar I shared some resources with the parents and I want to share those here so those parents have a place to get the resources electronically as well as for parents who may have not been at the seminar. We did film the seminar and I should have the video of it posted here on my site next week. Below are resources for parents that will help them understand social media and give them some guidance in how to parent their teens in regard to social media.
Parent Tip Sheet: Common Sense on Social Networking. This is great handout that explains what social media is, why it matters to teens, and advice for parents regarding social media.
Parent Tip Sheet: Common Sense on Facebook. This is much like the handout above, but focused only on Facebook. It explains how Facebook works, how teens use it, and advice for parents regarding Facebook.
Recommended Facebook Privacy Setting for Teens. This is a great resource that gives the recommended privacy settings for a teens Facebook account. Many teens don’t realize how much personal info they are sharing with complete strangers. This will help parents set up the right privacy controls for their teens Facebook.
Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media. Unlike the resources above, this one is not free, but it’s worth paying for. It’s a helpful little book that explains what social media is, how it works, how teens are using it, what teens should know about it, and advice for parents on how to teach their teens to use it wisely. This is the best book out there for parents regarding social media. Click here to read my short review of it.
Community Discussion Guide: Social Networks. This is a creative resource that is designed to help you have a discussion about social media with other parents and even your teen. Includes various case studies and questions that foster good discussion about social media.
If you have any resources that I did not mention above that you have found helpful feel free to share them in the comment section below. Also, feel free to pass these resources along to other parents so they can use them in parenting their teens as well.