The Prevention Project Coalition held a Zoom Webinar on the best ways parents can keep their kids safe when entering the social media world. They talked about eight social media apps during the webinar: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Houseparty and Discord.
Amber Smith, who is on the Leadership Team for the Grand Island Area Coalition on Trafficking, said more kids are getting on social media at a younger age then social media sites advise. Which Smith says most sites advise users to be at least 13 years-old.
The project stresses the need for parents to stay up to date on the latest social media trends. Smith said the first step parents should make is to download the apps, then talk to their kids about how they use social media but not be accusatory.
“A lot of the time it can be very accusing or you’re in trouble. When it should be more of an open conversation,” Smith said. “Again that validates what the child is doing. Offering judgement free guidance so that they feel safe talking to the parent when they have problems online.”
Prevention Project Coalition Coordinator, Katie Usasz said when it comes to kids and social media, parent involvement is important.
“It’s also important that it’s not necessarily being monitored and covered by parents but it’s being explored and kept safe by the parents. Parents are taking the time to engage with their kids,” Usasz said. “Validate those emotions and making sure that their social media use is engaging and connecting. Not separating them from the rest of the world.”
The Prevention Project holds webinars every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CT. They can be watched on their
or you can reach out to Katie Usasz through her email, email@example.com.
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