Mother’s Day: Keeping Up With Kids’ Online Activities

May 12, 2017

Mothers…you are a coach, a mentor, and a cheerleader. You juggle activity schedules, picky eaters, and homework loads with apparent ease. You are a fixer of cuts and scrapes, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to laugh with. You are a voice of authority and of reason, but also a listener.   

Everything you are, and all that you do, revolves around keeping your kids happy and safe. This includes keeping them happy and safe in their online activities as well, yet roughly one-third of parents feel they can’t keep up with the devices and apps that kids are using these days. Considering that young people* spend an average of 11.5 hours online each day, it’s easy to understand how they may have the upper hand in that department.

Keeping up with kids’ online activities may seem challenging, but there are some simple steps you can take to ensure you’re on a level playing field. It comes down to communication and regularly making the time to discuss with them what they’re doing online, why, and with whom. Here are some tips to help close the gap:

New sites, apps, and social media platforms appear every day, and with these come new ways to interact with content and people. Being a part of your child’s media life will not only help alleviate that feeling of being out of the tech loop but it can also build an environment of trust with kids who often look to their parents for guidance.

So find some time to start the conversation and soon you’ll feel comfortable adding “online guru” to your repertoire. Happy Mother’s Day!

* Those under the age of 25.

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