The challenge for parents
Parents have to realize that social media is not going to go away anytime soon. But how should parents exactly go about having those conversations with their children about how to use social media in a constructive and responsible way? It is important to first create that trust between you and your kids to where you can responsibly monitor and provide guidance on how to navigate the web and social media.
Take positive action, right now
As a parent, you should allow your child to feel comfortable about bringing up social media issues and cyberbullying whether or not it is impacting them directly or indirectly. If you see something, say something – this is a saying that children should be following when using social media so that we can all foster a safe, responsible, and positive social media space.
Cyberbullying: parents, it’s up to you
Social media has never been so ubiquitous in our world today. With the online presence comes a lot of pitfalls and dangers especially with young children and teens that use them. It is up to the parents’ discretion to safely monitor and provide insight and guidance as to how their kids should responsibly use various social media platforms. When in doubt, act, and act positively!
Questions about cyberbullying to discuss on Ohlelo:
- How has cyberbullying impacted you and/or your community?
- How did you help your children when they experienced cyberbullying?
- Do you think there should be an age limit for certain social media platforms?
- Should there be tighter restrictions on social media platforms to reduce cyberbullying?