Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or other networking platforms, social media is a profoundly powerful tool that offers many benefits. For our kids, communicating and connecting with others, staying informed, and being able to research topics has never been easier. At the same time, social networking can be very destructive. Teaching our kids how to be responsible, emotionally sensitive, digital citizens is essential if parents are going to protect their kids from cyber-bullying, self-esteem issues or relational conflicts.
One easy technique is to teach kids to “THINK.” That acronym is: to ask themselves is my post True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?