Ways Parents Can Use Social Media With Their TeensWhen looking for ways parents can use social media to communicate better with their teens, there are some basic do's and don't when it comes to interacting with your teen on social media.
- Do set the example and keep things positive - Many teens use social media to keep up with friends, events, and to share their thoughts. However, some are not as experienced on what is appropriate to share. Set the tone for your teen so the communication can stay positive.
- Don't try to embarrass teens - Some parents find it funny to share embarrassing stories or pictures concerning their teen on social media. These parents have forgotten how fragile the teenage ego can be. Also, there is no way to permanently remove something from the internet, as all it takes is a screen capture by one of your teen's social media acquaintances and the embarrassment will live on.
- Do become educated on the various platforms - Each social media platform fulfills a different communication need, so parents need to learn the best ways to use the social media platforms their teens use. Not as many teens use Facebook but many are fans of Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and group messaging apps like Whatsapp. Talk with your teen to learn which platforms are their preferred outlets.
- Don't lecture on social media - At times, teens will post things you likely don't agree with on their social media. The public social media platform is not the time or place to discuss your feelings on the matter. However, by knowing what your teen is thinking on a certain topic can give you a better idea how to calmly approach the topic with them when you two are face-to-face.