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My son and I recorded a new podcast on our TaP – Teens and Parents Podcast show; episode 3 The Social Media episode.

We started this series a few months ago through our local community television company. They’ve got the cool setup with the sound proof podcasting booth. It’s so much better than recording at home with my kids younger screaming and dogs barking in the back ground.

TaP is all about teens and parents learning to connect and understand each other in this digital world. I speak with a lot of parents, friends, family and strangers. And many tell me that their kids just don’t talk to them. They don’t ask questions, they don’t get into the nitty gritty of life sometimes. This is why we started TAP.

In this month’s episode we discuss the dreaded social media. Yes, social media I am using right now to promote this blog and the podcast! The difference is, as a grown up I should know my limitations and understand how to use social media to benefit me and my business through networking, being kind, having fun, and not overusing it. But, do kids and teens have it in their still developing brains to understand all that, as well?

Research says, No.

Depressed girl lying down on a couch in the dark while using her smartphone. The light from the screen is illuminating her face.

Connor and I battle it out a little on this front. He wants Instagram and snap chat and all the fun stuff many kids use today. I might be going out on a limb here, but just like cigarettes once were not marketed to kids so isn’t social media. Snapchat has those silly filters, instagram lets you share your awesome and funny photos. Tick Tok gives you 10 second videos to laugh at and mimic. I could go on and on.

7.5 million kids under the age of 13 are already using Facebook

But that does mean teens should be using it. I’m one mom who thinks 13 is too young to sign up for social media. However, 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 are already using Facebook. Am I alone in this idea that social media is dangerous for kids?

Listen to the podcast, let me know what you think. Do your kids use social media? How old are they and how to do you monitor it?

 

What are the top reasons we discuss in this podcast why kids shouldn’t use social media too young?

  1. What they see on Social media doesn’t is glorified. It doesn’t always indicate real life.
  2. Bullying and we’ve all heard, read, or seen the stories on this one.
  3. Social media use can lead to or exasperate depression
Pre Teen Girl Being Bullied By Text Message

Pre Teen Girl Being Bullied on Smart Phone

At the end of this post are some great resources for when your kids come running to you with the dreaded social media question. They will beg, they will plead and they may even lie to get it. Having knowledge ahead of time will make the decision easier.

Social media has its advantages. But it also has its disadvantages. Don’t take my word for it. A quick google search of “social media and [fill in the blank] pops up a lot of questionable options (and we didn’t even touch upon the last two on this list in the podcast):

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And when I search with kids as the subject:

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Social media has its benefits, but also has its hurdles for adults. Imagine the impact on our children. Can we stop them from using it? Should we stop them? And how do we control it? We discuss this in my podcast, but I am interested in your thoughts too. Leave a comment below and tell me.

Resources:

Is social media smart for middle school kids?

Parent ultimate guide to Instagram 

Is Instagram safe for kids? What parents need to know.

Parents ultimate guide to Snapchat 

Parents ultimate guide to Tik Tok

What families need to know about Tik Tok.

Smart Phones and kids mental health

Is social media an obstacle to my child’s mental health?

Cyberbullying and Social Media

 

Have questions you want answered on our podcast? Introducing the lightening round where Connor and I answer your questions, as many as we can, in a few minutes at the end of each podcast. We need questions! Send us some.

Hope you are having an awesome summer!