Social media and teenagers
Young people’s rising use of social media is a cause for concern for many adults. That’s understandable - children now spend over three hours a day on their smartphones on average, so parents and carers need to understand the risks that come with screen time.
Media headlines frequently warn of social media’s negative impact on children’s wellbeing - yet this doesn’t paint the whole picture. The many positives are all too often overlooked.
The online world isn’t going away, and children cannot be shielded from it. The challenge - and opportunity - for us all is to make it as safe as possible for our young people.
Together, we can build digitally healthy households, practically and positively. Let’s explore how.
Understand the opportunities and threats
It’s all too easy to dwell on the negatives of social media, yet the internet provides many worthwhile experiences for all ages. Like all things, the potential dangers must be weighed against the positives.
How to become a digital role model
The role of a parent is hugely significant during teenage years, especially when it comes to understanding the wider world. Adults can support children to safely navigate online environments by offering guidance, reassurance and acting as role models
Set comfortable boundaries
The internet offers never-ending content, available 24/7 at the swipe of a finger. That’s exciting yet daunting. Agreeing rules and limits together can make social media a safer and more worthwhile experience for all, by finding a healthy balance.
Building your family’s digital strategy
When it comes to deciding on the best approach to take to the use of social media, it’s really important that this is a collaborative decision that actively involves young people. Work alongside your children to openly explore social media together
Ten top tips for a digitally healthy household
The digital world doesn’t have to be daunting. It’s perfectly possible for young people and parents alike to have a great relationship with the internet and social media.
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