Learn as much as you can about social media and technology. Take a class and sign up for newsletters to help guide you and your child through the maze of opportunities and potential hazards of the Internet.
Keep in mind that new sites and apps are constantly cropping up. By the time many parents hear about things like Snapchat and Chatroulette, kids have already burned through them.
That’s why it’s important for you to understand and talk with your child about basics such as privacy settings and geolocation. The more you know, the more you can prepare and protect your child.
What you can say
“Jacob, I just found a great series of meetings that our school district is offering on social media and technology. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know quite as much as I need to about this stuff to be a good guide to you.”
“Are you interested in coming to these meetings with me? It sounds like a good program and there will be some college students and younger people who will help run the meetings.”
Why this will help
Social media and technology are essential to your child’s involvement in and out of school. That’s why as a parent, it’s really important for you be as knowledgeable you can about these tools. They have many upsides and many potential downsides too. So try to be proactive! Don’t bury your head in the sand.