Although technology and social media seem to be the most crucial elements of a teen’s life, parents often feel left out. It can be challenging trusting your teen to do the right thing in the midst of worrying about their safety. The trick is to monitor safely your teen’s social media without being overbearing.
How to monitor your teen’s social media
You never want to be known as the parent who’s snooping, or always wants to pre-judge your teen’s social media activity. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Having a conversation with your teen to educate them on how to navigate social media while protecting themselves can alleviate miscommunication and your teen feeling as if you are intruding on their space.
Here are a few suggestions:
Once your teen understands why you are so concerned about their social media usage, chances are they will help alleviate your fears. Give them your do and don’t list, and share with them the dangers of social media, like cyberbullying and online predators.
Come to an agreement with your teen about the pictures they want to post, and the types of language and image they should and should not portray. Give them some leeway to make their own decisions, but make it clear if they are displaying inappropriate behavior, you will intervene.
You should be able to view their posts at least once a week to address any posts you deem inappropriate. Address it, explain why and move on. This will keep the trust and communication flowing.
These tips should help you successfully monitor your teen’s social media without being the bad guy, and you can keep your peace of mind.