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  • Writer's pictureKirk Chugg

Social Media and Tech TIPS for Parents

I've seen firsthand the struggles that kids and teens can face when it comes to technology and social media. Here are four tips to help your children navigate these challenges:

  1. Set limits on screen time: It's important to establish boundaries around how much time your children spend on their devices. Research has shown that excessive screen time can lead to a number of negative consequences, including sleep problems, difficulty with social interactions, and decreased academic performance. By setting limits on screen time, you can help your children develop healthy habits and avoid some of these negative effects.

  2. Encourage face-to-face communication: It's easy for kids and teens to get caught up in their digital worlds, but it's important for them to maintain healthy relationships with the people around them. Encourage your children to have face-to-face conversations with their friends and family, rather than just communicating via text or social media. This will help them build stronger, more meaningful connections with the people in their lives.

  3. Teach kids to be media literate: With so much information available online, it's important for kids and teens to be able to critically evaluate the sources they're accessing. Teach your children how to spot fake news and how to determine whether a source is reliable. This will help them make informed decisions and avoid falling prey to misinformation.

  4. Be a good role model: As a parent, you are one of the most important role models in your child's life. Be mindful of your own technology habits and try to model healthy behaviors. If you're constantly checking your phone or social media accounts, your children are likely to follow suit. Instead, try to set a good example by putting your phone away during meals and other family activities, and focusing on the people around you.

By following these tips, you can help your children develop healthy relationships with technology and social media, and navigate the challenges they may face along the way

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