Happy Belated Mother’s Day! As a mom, you know how hard it is to stay connected to your teen—especially if your teen has a busy online life in addition to all the activities and events they are participating in offline. I encourage parents to be involved in the online communities of their teens—especially when it comes to Facebook.
“Friending” your child on Facebook is just the first step. The next step is making sure you keep this “Friend” connection alive and well. Here are some of my tips for having a great Facebook relationship with your teens:
Do not be an editor: Opening yourself up to their online world means you will see the good, bad & ugly from your teen. Do not feel the need to discuss each and every post with them in detail such as correcting their grammar or asking them why they had such a terrible time during that recent family reunion. Only step in when absolutely necessary.
Watch what you post: Think twice before posting on your teen’s Facebook page. This really isn’t the place to reprimand Jimmy for not cleaning his room or for telling Sally what a sweet daughter she is for helping you with the laundry on a Saturday night.
Do not embarrass your teen: In addition to not posting embarrassing comments on their page, do not share embarrassing information about your teen with your own group of Facebook friends. No teenager wants to find themselves tagged in a photo from their 2nd birthday where they are wearing nothing but a diaper and cowboy hat.
Remember, their friends do not have to be your friends: Do not make it your mission to be Facebook friends with all of their friends or to comment (either online or offline) about their friends’ activities and posts.
Pay attention to your own page: Now that you can see your teen’s page, they can also see your page. Do not post comments or pictures you would not want your kids to see—show them the appropriate way to use this great social networking tool.
Protect your Teens is having a free contest for anyone to review and like our new facebook page.
Please help me spread the word about my mission of educating parents of the dangers of Teenagers on Social Media, by visiting www.protectourteens.com and forward this email and tweet about the contest to through your blogs, friends & relatives.
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