Last week I came across a Mashable article, eye-catchingly titled Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation, that I thought was worth sharing. The thrust of the post that the social tools kids use now will be the career tools of their future, and if they don’t learn how to use social media responsibly they will be at a major disadvantage. And, of course, parents are responsible for helping their children learn the right way to behave online, so dismissing the social web or forbidding children to explore it is doing them a serious disservice. It is a message that we at edSocialMedia are certainly on board with.
But acknowledging that it is important and knowing how to approach it are not the same thing… so what should a parent do? The article quotes some experts who share their thoughts and experiences.
Though the more “social media savvy” among us may take for granted many of the ideas presented, it could be a helpful resource for parents struggling with how to approach social media with their children. And perhaps an equally useful read for educators asked to help parents navigate the often tricky waters.