Social media needn’t be a war zone for you and your kids

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Social media needn’t be a war zone for you and your kids

Manning the murky waters of social media can be a tough gig for a parent, so here’s some help

Holly Scott

There should be rules in place for your kids when it comes to social media. Here are some of the important ones:

Help youngsters switch off at bedtime. The adolescent brain is primed to value social interactions, so it’s tempting for them to stay online for longer. But teens also tell us they want to set boundaries and balance their social media interactions with enough sleep. Rather than simply removing their devices, sit down with your teenager and establish these boundaries collaboratively.

Forget the concept of “screen time”. It’s easy to see social media as a monolithic activity. Actually, it can be richly varied and online debate can be really rewarding. Rather than focusing on quantity of screen time, try instead discussing the quality of their online interactions...

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