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Ensuring Your Child is Using Social Media Wisely

It’s not very uncommon for children to be able to use social media by themselves. They sometimes use it to stay connected with their peers as well as keep up with the latest trends worldwide. There are also many things they can learn aside from just trends such as the news from all over the world and sometimes, trivia or new discoveries they may come across these social media sites.

However, it is also common knowledge that the internet can be quite scary for children and could potentially harm them. As a parent, you might be unsure about whether it’s okay for your children to use social media and how to make sure they’re staying safe there. It’s very important to take note that you have to also supervise your child especially when they are still starting to use social media. Make sure that you also trust them and that they are responsible enough already to be able to use different platforms on their own.

Good use of social media

Social media can be helpful if used with the appropriate intentions. It’s not actually a dark place you shouldn’t let your child come close to. Here are some ways for your child to put social media to good use instead.

1. Building their portfolio

Social media is a form for people to not only reach out and connect with their peers and make new friends but also to showcase their interests. Much like everyone else, your child can do the same. If they are interested in photography, they can post shots of their works on their own pages to show future employers, and clients, or just to gain recognition for their work. 

As opposed to keeping their work on private and only in their personal storage, uploading their work to social media and making it public would be beneficial because the interactions that they would get from the likes, comments, and sharing can be used as substantial evidence later to ack up their success. Additionally, they can use the comments to get feedback from their audience. Furthermore, uploading their work to the public will also let them see how far they have come and accomplished. They will also be able to compare their previous works to their new ones and watch their improvements.

2. Expanding their network

Social media is a form for people to not only reach out and connect with their peers and make new friends but also to showcase their interests. Much like everyone else, your child can do the same. If they are interested in photography, they can post shots of their works on their own pages to show future employers, and clients, or just to gain recognition for their work. 

As opposed to keeping their work on private and only in their personal storage, uploading their work to social media and making it public would be beneficial because the interactions that they would get from the likes, comments, and sharing can be used as substantial evidence later to ack up their success. Additionally, they can use the comments to get feedback from their audience. Furthermore, uploading their work to the public will also let them see how far they have come and accomplished. They will also be able to compare their previous works to their new ones and watch their improvements.

3. Connecting with friends and family

As is the original purpose of social media, it is for connecting with people and allowing them to share their everyday lives with others. As a result of their infrequent face-to-face interactions in our busy culture, students find social media to be a simple way to keep up with their pals. Social media is beneficial as then they will be able to keep in touch with their old friends and share their experiences, even if they don’t have their friends’ contact numbers in the old-fashioned way saved on their phones.

Staying safe on social media

As there are ways for social media to be useful, there are also some things that your child should be careful of when using social media so they can have a safe experience.

1. Don't post anything that can ruin your reputation

There are consequences to posting anything on social media and your child should be aware of this. This includes their posts, videos, stories, lives, or even just a comment. They should be aware that if they post anything that is malicious or malintent, it could come back to bite them. They must take great care to never present themselves in a negative light.

“Cancel culture” is quickly becoming prominent in the cyberworld and it is easy for users to cyberbully because they are hiding behind their screens. They think they can say mean things to a person because their identity is not known to those people. However, there are repercussions and a cyberbully can always end up being punished for their actions. It could be the school authorities, their future employers, or even the police should the person they are bullying file a complaint. 

When in doubt, it is usually preferable to keep quiet. Your child should abstain from participating in contentious online debates. Of course, there may be a thrill in arguing with strangers online but the end result will not be fruitful and can even cause more harm. Social media is a dangerous place. Whatever goes on the cloud stays there. And there is always a means to expose social media activities even if one attempts to delete the traces of it.

2. Don’t hop on just any trends

Not all trends are positive or even appropriate. Given that it will be difficult to personally supervise your child’s use of the internet all the time, they may also follow the masses blindly, joining just about every trend that comes out on social media. Some of these trends are harmful and dangerous. There was a trend from before in which people are swallowing Tide pods or one where they steal public property.

As much as it may be a fun thing to watch, there will always be consequences for this. even though stealing is a crime, that is a no-brainer, many children and teenagers from all over the world still jumped on the trend after seeing videos of people doing it go viral. Children using social media must decide for themselves whether or not what they’re doing is morally acceptable, or if they’re unclear, they should consult a reliable adult.

Conclusion

Social media has unluckily changed to become dangerous in many ways as our society has progressed, especially for children. As a parent, it might be challenging to thoroughly monitor your kids’ use of social media because it is likely intrusive for them as well. To help them understand how to use social media wisely and to their advantage, you can sit down and have a conversation with them.

Carelle

Carelle

Carelle is a teacher who has been through the ups and downs of the teacher and learner life. She wishes for every learner to gain educational satisfaction that will help embody the people they want to be in the future.

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