For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you will be familiar with my series on asking those with small children what they think the teen years will really be like. One of the questions asks parents what they are most worried about. This was, without doubt, social media.
Mother Pukka responded to the question with this:
‘The Internet freaks me out when it comes to teens. I literally have learned everything about parenting from my Mum but this is a whole new ball game. She had to
basically stop us playing too much Tetris – now it’s like this world of social media that I have no idea how to control. I fear I’ll be the one deleting Mae’s Facebook profile in a frenzied rage. The other thing is, my life is on social media so I’m bound to get the “well, you can talk Mum, look at yourself prancing about all over the shop.”‘
The Unmumsy Mum was honest in her response with:
“I’d quite honestly hate to be a teenager in the age of Snapchat and Tinder and god knows what else will be around by the time my two are teens. I imagine I will be fretting about their safety online, worrying that they feel under pressure to look or act a certain way”
Others wrote very similar concerns. So, how as parents can we best handle the situation with our own children as they are exposed more and more to social media? One thing is certain, it is here to stay. We have to embrace it and we have to equip ourselves with appropriate tools to best deal with issues as they arise. For many reading this post, I know social media is an important part of your own life. That makes the whole argument with our children so much harder. Mother Pukka made a good point!
There is a lot of negativity around children and social media. Bullying, body confidence issues, relentless comparison. There is nothing new about these issues but they are heightened by social media in so far as that there is a constant reminder if you allow it to be there. The ability to shut the front door and remove yourself from a situation has become so much harder.
However, we mustn’t ignore the benefits of social media, also. For those that may be very shy, they have a medium to communicate through which doesn’t involve face to face contact. Not everyone is as confident as their social media profile may portray.
With all of this in mind, I have decided to hold an event, bringing in the expert help of two counsellors from BE Integrative Therapy. Amongst many areas, Sarah and Jayne also specialise in child and teen behaviour. They work also with parents to help resolve issues that their children may have. Their advice focuses on the positive aspects of parenting.
So, if social media is a concern for you as your children grow, come and join us on the 27th May in London for an informal but informative question and answer session where we can talk these issues through. Sarah and Jayne will aim for you to leave the session armed with some practical advice and tips on dealing with social media going forward. Oh and there’s a glass of prosecco at the end for those who fancy staying a little longer for a chat and catch up!
All details and information on purchasing a ticket is in the link below and if anyone has any questions or would like some further information please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org