I am often asked how do we help our kids manage the pressures of social media?
This is a great question.
I think that there will be a kind of before and after generation with social media--those who grew up before its inception and those who grew up during/after its inception.
The kids growing up today have to deal with more--and different kinds of pressure--than any of the kids I have ever seen before in clinical practice. It used to be that if a teen made a mistake at a party on the weekend, there would be rumours on Monday. Now, if a teen makes a mistake at a party, the whole world will see and hear it in real time.
These new pressures can be baffling for parents, because they grew up before anyone even imagined social media and its impact on kids, families and our culture. Parents hardly know how to use Twitter, let alone help their children navigate its complexities and consequences.
I have been trying to think of simple and straightforward guidelines for families. Today, I made my very first infographic to share these etiquette tips with you!
Dr Jillian Roberts
PS Here is a netiquette resource for you: