As another school year quickly approaches, I’ve been reflecting about how different my children’s school experiences are from my own. When I was growing up, I didn’t have a cellphone or a laptop. My kids, a sophomore in college and a sophomore in high school, are constantly ‘connected’ through all types of technology. It plays a huge role in their lives; in fact, technology is becoming their lives. As parents, because their experience is so different than ours was going through school, it’s important to for us to try to understand their world and give them the tools to prepare for it.
Before classes start and our collective schedules become saturated, it might be helpful to talk with your children about the seemingly virtual world they live in — what they should be aware of and how to maturely handle themselves. We have a responsibility to guide our children while encouraging them to consider their choices along with the consequences.
It’s important for parents to be aware of and understand the technology their kids are using in order to effectively guide them.
On social media platforms, many people portray everything as perfect and wonderful, yet that’s not completely authentic nor reality.
Social media is now an extension of a person’s life. It’s important to set clear expectations, guidelines, and consequences.