In the age of social media, raising a teenager is harder than ever. As much as we want to trust our teenagers to make their own decisions, the internet is a scary, permanent place, and every parent needs to make their own rules when it comes to how their kids use social media.
For Truth Bomb Mom Kristina Kuzmic, deciding how and when to let her kids use social media was no easy feat. Though Kristina is a very relaxed mom who trusts her kids, she had to draw the line when it came to social media, because once something is posted on the internet, it’s there forever.
“Everything on social media is permanent,” says Kristine, adding that even the disappearing videos created on Snapchat can be saved. “Anyone can take a screenshot of that [Snapchat] video and save it forever.”
Unfortunately, there is no magic age where every kid should be allowed to have social media accounts, but if you are considering allowing your kids to use social media, it’s important that you first understand the various platforms and how they work.
Luckily, in this episode of Truth Bomb Mom, Kristina breaks down the social media platforms out there, and the pros and cons of each. If you are considering allowing your kid to open a Facebook or start an Instagram account, check out Kristina’s video — and don’t do it just because your kid claims everyone else is!
“Don’t let yourself be manipulated with, ‘Well, all my friends are on social media, so I should be too.’ You make the parenting decisions that are right for you,” says Kristina.
And if you do decide to let your kids get accounts, Kristina instructs you to always “monitor, monitor, monitor,” because “it’s not called snooping, it’s called parenting.”
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