More than 80 percent of tweens and teens are frequent social media users and that number hasn’t yet peaked. Through their constant plugged-in time they immerse themselves in pop culture and in the nuances of what their peers think and feel about everything. While our kids are often much more savvy about the latest apps than we are, but they are woefully ignorant of the ramifications of their online behavior. Deborah Owen says the most important thing parents can drive home to kids is the fact that “everything they put out there is available for everyone to see. Even if they (kids) think it’s not. We tell kids that but they still don’t get it!” Annie talks with Debbie about the role of parents in guiding kids in the Digital Age.
About Deborah C. Owen (@DeborahCOwen)
Deborah C. Owen is a former public school educator and parenting expert/coach. As the school librarian at several high schools, a middle school, and an elementary school, she saw many kids who were hurting, confused, angry, and unmotivated. She made it her mission in the library to create new kinds of projects that would inspire teenagers, that would be relevant to their daily issues, and that would instill the love of learning in their hearts and minds. Deborah is the founder of YouCanRaiseGreatKids.com and the author of Social Media Fascination: Embracing Social Media to Build Community, Trust, and Rapport. Learn more at YouCanRaiseGreatKids.com
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