As we live in a digital world, social media has connected us to various people on a global scale. Even our kids keep up with the modern times thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, among many others. These social networking sites serve as an avenue for the young ones to communicate with their peers and to reach out to the community regarding social issues.
While social media engages our children with fun, educational online interactions, it can also cause anxiety, isolation, and depression. Think of cyberbullying that’s powerful enough to throw punches of fear and worry. As moms, we have a special role in making social media a healthy and productive ground.
Motivate them on offline activities
Hours spent on smartphones, computers, and iPads on a daily basis aren’t healthy as excessive exposure on screens can result in poor cognitive functions and eye strains, science reveals. Also, personal interaction between family and friends has lessened hence conflicts and misunderstandings arise. That said, it’s recommended to balance social media with offline activities that interest your kids like getting involved in community services, dog walking in your local park and biking together. And hey, don’t forget to tell your child to take a selfie on the lovely playground in your park.
Talk about their feelings
Talk to your kids about how social media makes them happy and sad. Ask them if they feel bad when they see photos of their friends partying on a Saturday night while they’re in the comfort of their house watching Netflix. If they shared something alarming that causes them uncontrollable anxiety and depression, ask for help.
Ensure them of your support
Many times that we wanted to argue with our kids about their relationship with social media and how it consumes their time and emotions. Nevertheless, we should guide and assure them that being their parents, we offer our support at all times and that they can talk to us on anything about their social media life regardless if it’s a good or bad experience. This way, they will be more open to their feelings and their struggles.