Parents are often concerned about their kids creating social media accounts, and their concerns are certainly understandable. It’s normal to be worried about what your kids could come across on social platforms, but if you project your fear of bad actors onto your kids, it could drive them to engage in online activity without your knowledge. Have an open dialogue with them – you can’t prevent your kids from ever seeing anything bad, but if they feel they can come to you and talk about it, you have a better chance of helping them understand it and move on.
Spend time with your kids online, get them to show you the social apps and games they use, or maybe have a go yourself! What if you swapped traditional family board game time for a video game? There are many multiplayer games you can do together. What if you watched your kids’ favorite YouTube influencer instead? Find what your kids are passionate about and experience it with them, so you can have a better understanding of what they are doing on their social media channels. Be aware that most social media platforms are only available for children over the age of 13! Make sure it’s age appropriate for them.