As a mother of two I have struggled with the decision to allow my children to use social media. My daughter started asking if she could join Facebook when she was 10. Thankfully, Facebook requires you to be at least 13 to set up an account, so I had no issue with telling her no. My daughter recently turned 13 and hasn’t yet asked to join Facebook again, but has asked to join Instagram. With my permission my daughter set up an account, but my next struggle involved trying to figure out what rules I would require her to follow. Of course there are some no-brainers:
We as a tech savvy nation have embraced social interaction on various platforms in a big way. Of course we all have varying exposure to social media. Those of us in business can often live or die by social media these days. One thing we have to remember is that different groups see social media differently. To this end I would like to take a moment and speak with you about the impact that social media can have on our young people’s life and how we as parents, aunts, uncles, or teachers can use these moments to teach them more about life.