Why does it matter To help you, engage in, and start a deep Social Media conversation in your family. It’s no secret, that I am a fan of social med
Why does it matter
To help you, engage in, and start a deep Social Media conversation in your family.
It’s no secret, that I am a fan of social media…
I love social media for all the reasons many people, I suppose, do: I can connect with others who would normally be hard to reach, I can communicate quickly – and creatively, I can also ﬁnd out what others are doing. And more importantly I can learn.
Social Media “Come-to-Jesus-Moment” in the family
Recently, however, I had an …aha … moment triggered by another one of those “oh-no, not-again” conversations, after a friend called to describe his frustration trying to tackle the social media concerns in their family.
He [like me], and I am sure we aren’t the first to recognize the growing community [of selfie society] in social media. With technology in their back pocket, on their wrists, and just about in every room in the house. And while this community is connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology [more than any previous generation], yet, as adults, some of us don’t seem to know a lot about it, and what’s worse, our kids know more about it than we do! I therefore thought we need to press-the-gas on starting this conversation within the family.
Further, while this online community may be more digitally savvy than their parents, however, the gaps in exposure to life experience can quickly get them into trouble in these new social venues. For this reason, I think, its imperative that the conversation takes place
at all ages in the family, about social media to help family members navigate this new online social world.
Parents in Dilemma – and my choice
So while a number of parents face an increasingly challenging choice, that of either wish for the good ol’ days when social media didn’t exist – or accept that it’s an inevitable part of the world that their children are growing up in. We can fixate on the negatives and the horror stories we hear – or see the potential for good that anyone can tap into.
Personally, I’m inclined towards an appreciation that our children [and recent initiates to social media] have to live in the digital age. And while we certainly must protect them by establishing online rules and parameters, we also need to empower them to become responsible digital citizens.
But how do we achieve this, considering , that like most technology, social media has been hoisted on our world with little or no instruction.
The how …..?
Simple, by having many conversations in the family. Being smart online is really a matter of being conscientious and helping our daughters [and sons] think through the choices they make that will shape their online reputation.
Provide a starting point for a deeper dialogue on how to be responsible digital citizens.
Here are 12 pointers to help you start the journey within your family whether you are familiar with social media or just learning the ropes, these ~ I trust ~ provide a starting point for a deeper dialogue on how to be responsible digital citizens.
#12 pointers social media interactions to discuss with your family:
- When having a six year olds’ party at home, can you take photos of the six year olds and post them online – or do you need to have the consent of the parents of the six year olds [and perhaps even of the six year olds themselves].
- When you have an upcoming family vacations, is it a good idea to post about it online – especially specific details such as the dates of travel?
- What do individuals have the right to post about, and what crosses the line?
- Is it Ok for your son to post embarrassing pictures of his sister?
- Or can he only post embarrassing pictures of himself?
- Can your sister tag pictures of your kids with their full names?
- What about your neighbor?
- What happens when you disagree online?
- Are we responsible for what other people post on our profiles?
- Where is the line of privacy?
- Is it ok to read another person’s emails?
- What does cyber bulling look like?
Run through these 12 questions in your mind–before clicking “post.” Trust me–you’ll be happy you double-checked before sharing with the world. Social media can be a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family, and it’s an especially good way to keep in contact with people who live elsewhere, but it can also be a dangerous place.
It’s our responsibility to educate ourselves, and then our children through thoughtful discussion and dialogue.
Having read this, I now suggest you head on to Why Your Family MUST Tweet Together.…. where we have tried to inspire you to Think through the values you have as a family, and consider how social media can be an extension or a reflection of these values. It leads you to a solution of WHAT NEXT
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