Six Quick Tips To Combat Seedy Side of Social Media!
Okay, parents, we all know that social media is here to stay.
If that’s the case, developing a strategy that will enable your child to enjoy the benefit of social media (and gaming sites), while preventing them from early exposure to the seedy side of the social media world is vital.
In this post, I’ll share Six-Quick Tips that will help you prepare your child and develop an intentional plan in your home!
Social Media: You Child is Spending NINE Hours a Day On It!
Social media apps are saturated with porn. Porn is not, however, the only problem. The problems associated with social media, particularly among the generation raised with unfettered access to social media, range from lack of trust to a loss of hope.
Note the lament of a teenager raised in the digital age. While her voice is her own, it’s one familiar to and representative of so many more:
“I have terrible trust issues. Ever since middle school and everybody got their phones. I don’t feel like I can trust anyone.” ~Carrie, 15 year-old teen from Boca Raton, FL.
The book where I found this quote is called, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales. Carrie, and the host of teenage girls studied in this groundbreaking book, goes on to describe the world of Finstas.
A Hidden World Within the App
Finstas are fake Instagram accounts that middle school aged and younger children create to keep them hidden from their parents.
Welcome to the Disruptus Renovatus Mid-Week Minute, a Parenting Update. This is a tool (often a short read) designed to assist parents who want to protect their children and grandchildren from the influence of porn!
Many times I’ll provide helpful tips and hints related to technology and the media-crazed teen world.
Other times I’ll offer stories from my experience of parenting and struggle with porn addiction.
Most of these posts will highlight, however, porn’s ongoing, and often subterranean, influence in our culture. May of us, in the midst of our busy work-a-day world, simply don’t have time to see the subtle influences shaping childhood and teen life today.
Hopefully this Mid-week Minute will be an aid for those who want to do more, but simply don’t know where to start!
This week, I am highlighting The National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s recently released 2017 Dirty Dozen list.
You won’t believe who made this year’s infamous list.