Since the beginning of Be Socially Smart, parents have asked many questions in regards to their kid and social media/technology. Below we have summed up the four biggest questions we commonly get from parents just like you:
What age is appropriate?
Perhaps the biggest question we get from parent revolves around “what age is appropriate for my kid to have _____? Whether it’s a smart device, app, or matters of screen time, the answer to “what age is appropriate” has more to do with maturity than a physical number. So how do you know if your child is mature enough for that new phone, game, popular app, one more hour of screen time, etc.? Check out the blog below to see how your kid measures up to these five maturity tests.
What settings do I need to have in place?
One significant way to keep your kid safe and smart online (especially when you’re not looking) is to have the correct settings in place on each of their smart devices. Having appropriate settings placed in your kid’s phone/tablet/computer/game console can keep your kid from making ignorant choices they may regret one day. Correct settings can range anywhere from setting all things to as private as possible and to “friends only” as possible. The more public your kid is online, the more at risk they become. To check out more on how to set up the correct settings on your kid’s device, check out the Membership Content available to you (especially the video tutorials!)
How do I talk with my kid about ____?
Because technology is continually changing and updating, parents can start to feel confused, overwhelmed and a little clueless on how to talk to their kid about important matters/topics when it comes to their social media usage. Where do you start? How can you make the conversation intentional yet meaningful? To find out more on how to talk to your kid about social media/technology, check out our blog below.
Which monitoring app/device do you recommend?
Before diving into this question, parents need to realize two truths about this topic:
1) There is no monitoring app/device/service out there to keep your kid 100% safe and
2) You, the parent, are the best monitoring “device” (as long as you stay intentionally involved).
But we all could use a little help with outside resources to ban certain websites, limit screen time, know what your kid is clicking on, etc. So with those things in mind, check out our blog below on some of the different monitoring apps/devices we suggest. *One app not listed in the blog that we recommend is Bark. Bark monitors if there are any possible bad conversations your kid is having like sexting, bullying, or depression matters. To find out more information on it, go to https://www.bark.us
There you have it, four common questions from parents regarding their kid and technology/social media. If you have any pressing questions on your mind or heart that you’d like to ask us, please let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.