How to Empower Your Child in the Mobile and Digital World

by Screen Time Team on 10/04/2019
We all want the best for our kids, especially in a world that can seem unusually harsh and awful. But kids eventually become adults, and they need the tools to navigate the world, digital and real, by themselves. Here's how parents can help equip them with the skills they need.
Young girl looking at a laptop.

Supervise, Don’t Scrutinize

If you really want to watch every website your children visit, read their email and instant messages, and see every photo they share, you certainly can. But what, precisely, does that teach them? Shouldn’t they know that a stranger contacting them is bad on their own, without your intervening?

Focus instead on a policy of supervision. Use website controls and parental control apps to set limits, and have a long talk where you explain in terms they can understand why certain websites and apps are off-limits. In short, invest them with trust and the ability to grow that trust.

Have Open-Minded Rules

Parental control apps can make enforcing certain rules easy; no YouTube during homework or school, for example. But rules without justifications can be infuriating for adults, let alone children. So when you lay down a rule, include the reasons why with it. Make it clear that you trust them, but there are risks you want to keep them away from for now. 

Set standards and consequences for breaking the rules, and also standards for loosening the rules. For example, if they want their own Facebook account, you might ask them to demonstrate what they do if a stranger sends them a message that scares them, or that they’re able to spot propaganda and sort it from factual reporting.

Similarly, remember that the challenges kids face can be very different. It would be wonderful if girls and boys were treated the same on the internet, but unfortunately, they’re not, and both boys and girls should know what to do when somebody is being attacked just for who they are.

Make it clear the ultimate decision lies with you, and that any decision you make is conditional on following the rules. However, the rules should grow and change along with your kids.

Family resting in a living room.

Ask What They’re Doing

You should always leave the door open for them to talk to you about things that have happened to them and questions that they have. Even things that aren’t outright “wrong” by your family’s standards can be confusing or disturbing, and kids need to have a place to talk those issues out.

This should also track the arc of school and their lives, and you may need to learn about, and process, that together. For example, if your children start learning about World War II in school, and they’re naturally curious, they may find some of the more troubling aspects of that war by themselves. It’s OK to tell your kids that the questions they have are hard to answer and may not even have any answers.

Every family will approach the questions and concerns the internet raises in a different way. It’s less about universal rules and more about what your family can handle and what’s most important to them. Open communication, honest interaction, and effective rules will be the best way for your kids to get the most out of the internet, while staying safe. Screen Time can help keep the rules in place. To learn more, try it for free!

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Parental Control Apps Improve Upon Netflix Parental Controls

by Screen Time Team on 03/04/2019
As long as television has existed, kids and adults have fought over what kids can see and what they're too young for. Netflix has only made these fights more intense, as content for the entire family can sit cheek and jowl with content strictly for adults, either in terms of philosophy or content. Here's how to use Netflix parental controls, and parental control apps, to settle these arguments.
Father and son watching tv together while eating popcorn.

Talk About Content

It starts with conversations. Kids need to understand all the reasons behind why certain shows are off-limits. It can be the usual reasons, of course, such as excessive violence or nudity, but you should also point out that some shows are more complicated. To some degree, of course, this is subjective and depends on the family, but there are other elements as well. For example, “Big Mouth” would seem to be just another crude animated comedy, but it also delves into more complicated topics kids may not be able to handle.

Kids need to learn about adult issues eventually, of course, but even the biggest fan of Netflix would agree that a TV show isn’t an ideal place to start. Make sure your family understands and respects that perspective.

Netflix Parental Controls, Explained

Netflix divides its parental controls into two categories, “hard” and “soft,” but to be fully effective, you should implement both.

“Hard” controls work at the account level; any changes you make at this level will affect every profile on your account. They let you set a PIN number to access content above a certain maturity level, and also to set a PIN for specific shows. This means that if you want to watch some of the service’s more mature content, you’ll have to enter the PIN.

“Soft” controls work at the profile level and allow you to filter the content available for each profile. The maturity levels are “Little Kids,” “Kids,” “Teens,” and “All.” Keep in mind that what fits under each level is subjective, and that you may not agree with Netflix on what content is suitable. When you’re implementing these levels, set aside some time to stream a few of the shows available and ensure that there’s nothing you’ll need to talk to your family about. Keep in mind the reverse may also be true: Shows like the cooking show “Salt Fat Acid Heat” aren’t rated for little kids, for example, but probably won’t be objectionable.

Using Parental Control Apps With Netflix

Note, however, that Netflix only controls content. There are no timers, no methods of preventing Netflix from launching or being downloaded to certain devices, and other useful tools for parents. This is left to parental control apps.

Again, this should be a conversation. Children should understand why these controls are in place. For example, blocking Netflix during homework time or bed time should be a given. In some cases, you may want to set certain times for family viewing. But have a road map for when it’s OK to watch Netflix, or to use screens in general, that you can draw from.

Netflix can be a lot of fun and even highly educational. But parents can always use help managing it. To learn how Screen Time can help, try it for free.

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Snap Map: The Good, The Bad and How Snapchat Parental Controls Work

by Screen Time Team on 27/03/2019
A map that constantly tracks exactly where you are can sound like the stuff of nightmares. And sometimes SnapMap, Snapchat's feature where it locates users on a map has been the subject of horrifying stalking stories, but it's also served the public good more than once. Here's what parents need to know about how it works, how to talk to their children about the risk, and whether teens should use it.
Snapchat app on a mobile phone.

What Is SnapMap?

SnapMap uses GPS and other location data to place “snaps” made by its users in certain locations and to tell friends where their friends list on the app is located when they have Snapchat open on their phones. On the web, this is presented as a clickable “heat map” that, when you tap on a “warm” area, brings up a snap that’s been contributed by a site’s user for that specific place at that specific time. The goal is to allow people to view events from multiple points of view as people collect photos, videos, and audio clips.

Does SnapMap Track Kids?

On the app, your location is only visible to people you’ve friended, although users can also limit specific snaps to specific people, and can also configure a specific list to exclude certain friends or limit the data to specific friends. It also is only updated when you have Snapchat open and running on your phone. You can also configure it to “Ghost Mode,” which hides your location during certain times or unless you deactivate it, although if you submit a snap to the Our Story feed on the app, it will be tied to a general location. In keeping with Snapchat’s main feature, your location vanishes off of SnapMap after a few hours.

Snapchat app open on a tablet.

Can I Disable SnapMap?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely disable SnapMap once it’s been turned on, at the time of this writing. So if it’s been activated, you’re going to have to figure out how and where to control it, or you can simply remove Snapchat from your child’s phone altogether.

How Can SnapMap Be Used Safely?

First, parents and children need to sit down and have a conversation about balancing sharing with friends versus protecting their safety. Next, kids need to show parents who they have on their friends’ list. A key rule of internet safety is to only be friends with people you know in real life. That should be made even stricter with SnapMap, and remind kids that apps can’t figure out who’s controlling the phone. Just because it’s their friend on the map doesn’t mean it’s their friend watching them on the app. You should also have a discussion about whether you’re comfortable having your home tracked on Snapchat.

External safety tools, like parental control apps, are equally important. You should configure controls to shut off Snapchat completely at certain times, such as at school. In some cases, it may be necessary to block Snapchat. And, of course, if your parental control app is in place, and your concern is too great to allow SnapMap to run, you can simply prevent Snapchat from being downloaded altogether.

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Facebook Parental Controls: A Great Starting Point for Parents

by Screen Time Team on 20/03/2019
Social media, as an industry, has long struggled with privacy and children accessing their platforms. Facebook, in particular, has spent years attempting to balance its desire for data with its need to protect children. Fortunately, there are a set of tools you can use to take the lead and protect your children on Facebook.
Male teen looking at his phone.

Facebook’s Privacy Tools And Limits

First, it’s worth remembering the basic rules of Facebook. In jurisdictions without a specific law against children having social media profiles, Facebook only allows people 13 or older to have a profile; in some countries, that’s raised to the age of 14 or higher due to local statutes. 

Or, at least, this is the theory. The reality is that it’s fairly common for children with internet access to have Facebook profiles under their own name or someone else’s. While Facebook demands a “real name” and a legitimate email address as part of its terms & conditions, in practice this amounts to little more than having a valid email and a name on your profile that doesn’t sound fake. 

Nor does Facebook allow someone who doesn’t hold an account access to it, even if they’re a parent and the account holder is a child violating Facebook’s rules. Further, the tools that are available are limited to Facebook. Other sites it owns, such as Instagram, have separate rules and concerns.

This is why Facebook parental controls are a good beginning, but they shouldn’t be the only tool that you use. Parental control apps can block kids under 13 from accessing Facebook at all, and limit time spent on Facebook to what you’d prefer it to be.T

Mother comforting her teenage daughter.

What Are Facebook’s Privacy Tools?

First of all, it’s important to remember that kids can change these settings back. Before you work with Facebook’s privacy controls, you should have a discussion with your kids about why you’re asking for access to their account and making these configurations.

When you’ve had that talk, start with the privacy checkup. Facebook will audit your profile and discuss potential privacy risks. This will allow you to set who sees your child’s profile, who can contact them, which apps can access their data, and who can friend your child on the platform. Limiting friend networks to “Friends of Friends” is particularly important, but stress to children they should only be friends with somebody they know in real life.

Next, you should walk your kids through what to do to remove a bully. Facebook allows you to block anybody bothering you, and kids should be able to take swift action against them by excising them from their online presence.

Finally, schedule a regular check-in, where your children give you access to their account and you can see what’s going on. Make a point of regularly talking to them about what they do online, and who they speak with. What’s being said to them? Who are their favorite social media personalities or YouTube stars? Having these conversations, and learning who these people are, is a key piece of protecting your children.

The internet is still a work in progress when it comes to safety, social interaction, and children’s safety. Parents need to treat it accordingly, not just with Facebook parental controls, but also third-party parental control software and common-sense discussions with kids. If you need help keeping an eye on what your kids do online, sign up for Screen Time.

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How to Help Your Teen Balance Sleep, Screen Use, and Exercise

by Screen Time Team on 13/03/2019
Adults know better than anyone how hard it is to get enough sleep, fit in enough exercise, and keep from just staring at the TV after a long day of work. Teens have the same struggles, and they're particularly vulnerable to spending more time staring at a phone than playing a sport or getting to bed at a reasonable hour. Here's how to ensure they have a healthy mix of activities (and non-activity).
Teenage girl looking at her mobile phone.

Teens Spend More Time With Screens

One of the biggest problems is that there are more and more screens in our daily lives. Even a teen that forsakes the smartphone and cracks a book rather than opens Netflix, or is compelled to thanks to parental control apps, is still likely going to spend some of their school day, and do some of their homework, in front of a tablet or laptop. If they’ve got a job, they probably need to use certain apps to get their paycheck and schedule shifts. And of course, even the most phone-averse people get texts from friends.

However, excessive screen use may be knocking our rhythms off-balance, and teens are particularly vulnerable. Research is also showing that exercise is important for healthy teens to become healthy adults. So how do we balance screens, sleep, and exercise?

Create A Family Plan

It helps when the whole family is on board, so develop a plan for the whole family, such as phones off after a certain hour of the day, a certain amount of time set aside for family activities like hiking or cycling, and a commitment to get to bed at a reasonable hour. That way, everyone is supporting everyone, making it easier to stick with it.

If you’re confronted with some skepticism, simply turn to the science. There’s plenty of evidence that certain types of social media use, using phones late in the evening, and other aspects of screens can be damaging to our mental health and our sleep schedules.Sometimes teens forget that being with others in person is better than texting.

Three teenagers sitting and talking.

Encourage Non-Screen Activities

Teens often need activities for more than just working out. Spending time in a group activity, especially a team-oriented one, builds social skills and emotional intelligence. Encourage your kids to pick a physical activity they like, whether it’s a team sport or a club that volunteers outside, and the screens will usually stay tucked away on their own.

Limit Unnecessary Screen Time

There are times of the day where screens just need to be put away. Nobody should be checking their phone at dinner, during family walks, or when they should be doing chores. Parental control apps can be used to enforce these standards by setting certain times when the phone is off, period, or by limiting what apps can be used at what times, and what they do. That way homework time doesn’t become video game or chatting with friends time.

Screens will be a part of our lives no matter what. Smartphones and laptops are simply too useful for us to throw them out completely. But we can use them in unhealthy ways early on, and form habits that are hard to break, so teaching our kids now to treat them carefully will pay off when they’re adults. To learn more about how parental control software can help, sign up for Screen Time, risk-free.

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Instagram Can Affect Teens’ Self-Image. Here’s How Parents Can Help.

by Screen Time Team on 27/02/2019
Instagram is one of the most popular social media sites, especially among teens. But beyond the risks to public safety, it's also been shown to wear down the self-esteem of its users. The constant parade of people looking better, making more, spending more, traveling further can create a feeling of inadequacy or even failure. How can parents help teens form a healthier relationship with Instagram?
Teenager taking a selfie.

Talk About Social Pressure

Particularly when it comes to body image, which the majority of studies on Instagram focus upon, Instagram can be yet another venue for near-constant social pressure. After all, on TV, in ads, on movie screens, anywhere there’s an image, there’s usually a toned model or worse, a perfectly normal person presented as less than desirable.

Have a heart-to-heart about social pressure and the roots behind it. One point your kids need to have reinforced is that in many cases, those “perfect” Instagrammers are trying to sell them something, and that they achieve their apparent “perfection” by using layers of filters, make-up, and special lighting to present a false image. Many famous Instagram personalities would likely be unrecognizable on the street, because their online image is so highly processed and curated.

Limit Time On Instagram

In some cases, just the act of using Instagram can affect your self-esteem. Studies have found that the constant, endless scroll of perfection can eat at your happiness, while simultaneously being addictive. Even if you only follow people you know, consider this: When you post about your family, do you ever include, say, a disappointing report card? If you’re talking about work, do you post a selfie with the boss who just told you to shape up or ship out? Probably not, because you don’t want to talk about it. But neither does anybody else, and over time, that reinforces the idea that you’re the only one without a perfect family, body, and job.

Your children should understand that Instagram is designed to drip-feed them things they want to see, so that they’ll keep scrolling. Point out this behavior; for example, you might use parental control apps for cell phones to limit Instagram time to a certain number of minutes a day, and they can observe how they feel afterwards.

Father and son walking together.

Unfollow And Block

It’s also worth looking at who your family is following on Instagram and ask whether they present a healthy worldview to anybody, teenager or not. Instagram is, to a strong degree, about wish fulfillment and longing. You can quite literally look, but never touch. This can be catered to in healthy ways, like food photography that includes a recipe and encouragement, or in negative ways, such as a photograph of an expensive dinner gloating about the cost.

Look for the more toxic examples of Instagram posting and ask your teen to unfollow and even block them. Make it clear why you’re asking, and lay out what worries you about the feed. Parental control apps can’t do the parenting for you, but they can help reinforce the boundaries you set for your children.

Focus On Real-Life Challenges And Achievements

Finally, when they want to post on Instagram, or look for people to follow, look to real-life challenges and how they were overcome. Encourage your kids to learn a new skill, share a book they love, or something else that’s positive without being unreachable for others. A kind spirit does far more good in the world than a good selfie filter.

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How to Protect Your Child’s Identity on Social Media

by Screen Time Team on 20/02/2019
Impersonation used to be a difficult thing to pull off. Now, anybody with access to a social media site and an email account can pretend to be you, or, more often, your teen. If your teen finds somebody impersonating them online, here's what to do.
Teenage girl taking a selfie with her phone.

Impersonation And Identity Theft

There are two distinct issues here. Identity theft, as it’s commonly discussed, is stealing documents such as credit cards, Social Security numbers, and other identifiers used by stores and financial institutions and making transactions or decisions in your name. 

Impersonation is opening a profile in someone else’s name, usually taking pictures of them either from their social media profile or from public sources such as school websites, and pretending to be them on the internet.

This distinction is important because identity theft is a crime, while impersonation may not be. There’s no specific law stating that it’s illegal to pretend to be someone else, fictional or real, on social media or elsewhere on the internet. It’s not even illegal to access someone else’s social media profile under certain circumstances, such as if you accidentally leave your social media profile open in a public place. 

This limits the options of law enforcement, although if the impersonation is used to commit another crime, such as fraud by soliciting donations, for example, they may have more latitude.

However, impersonation is against the terms of service of most social media platforms, and you can take decisive steps against it. You can start with the basics like built-in iPhone parental controls, but you can and should do more.G

Teenage boy in a classroom.

Stopping Social Media Impersonation

  • Gather any information you can about the profile, including what email was used to register it. This is often visible in the main profile page or the “About Me” page.
  • Screenshot the profile and any relevant comments or data. Keep the screenshots separate.
  • Do not engage with the profile. Especially in the case of bullies, this will only fuel the flames. Discourage friends and family from engaging as well.
  • Report the impersonation in the social media site’s “Help Center” or Customer Support page. This is a common problem on social media, and there will likely be a step-by-step procedure to report profiles considered “abusive” or “hostile.” You may also be able to chat with a customer representative directly.
  • Block the profile from your personal accounts and make sure your family does the same.
  • If you haven’t already, limit access to both your and your children’s profiles. If possible, track where they got data, such as personal photos, and remove or protect it from being downloaded.

Once this is addressed, sit down with your child and help them process their emotions. Impersonation happens for a number of reasons, but the most common is pranking or bullying. More likely than not the impersonator is somebody your child knows. Do not press them or demand they tell you anything. Let them discuss the issue at their own pace.

Social media has enabled some wonderful things, but it can also open the door to the strange and devious side of human nature. Working with your children to understand and prevent that will help them get through these issues. To learn more about cyberbullying and how parental control apps like Screen Time can help,  try it for free.

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Good Parenting Is the Number One Internet Safety ‘Tool’ for Kids

by Screen Time Team on 13/02/2019
Much of our society is “set it and forget it.” Our appliances turn on and off automatically, our bills are set to autopay, our cars can park themselves, and that makes it easy to forget that some of what we do must be hands-on. And while parental control apps can help with monitoring kids' internet use, they're only one piece of the equation.

Why Parenting Matters

Any parent knows kids follow their lead, for good and for bad. Kids will, consciously or not, imitate their parents as a fallback for every kind of situation, from dealing with confrontation to picking what they eat for lunch. Furthermore, parents set and enforce the rules from which kids learn.

Of course, this doesn’t mean kids are clones of us. Kids will push back against rules they think are arbitrary and can choose whether their parents are a positive example or a negative one. Yet we can mistakenly write off the influence we have on our own children.

For example, you can set your parental control app to the strictest possible standards. But if your children don’t understand your concerns, or have friends pushing them in the opposite direction, ultimately it won’t affect their behavior. 

This is especially true in “do as I say, not as I do” situations. If your teens can’t look at their phones, for example, but see you constantly being tugged by notifications and alerts, they’ll wonder why you’re not taking a dose of your own medicine.

So, how do you fill in the other part of the equation? How do you parent so that internet controls work as you intend them to?

Mom and teenage son having a discussion.

Parenting And Smartphones

Begin with a long conversation. Explain why you have certain rules, and make it clear that the rules can change over time. Today’s tween is tomorrow’s teen, and they’ll have different needs for their phones.

Lay out what behavior you support, like researching homework or reading a book on a phone screen during a trip, and which you don’t, like spending excessive time on a manipulative game or focusing on friends instead of homework or chores. Everyone in the family should know they can come to you to talk about their phones. Be sure to make clear your concerns, like too many notifications distracting from chores or too much time spent on games.

Keep the conversation going as well. Ask your family what they’re using their phones for. If they’ve found a new app or website, ask them about what it does. If they have a new friend, learn what you can about them. Let your kids know they can come talk to you about anything they see on the internet and how it makes them feel.

If the rules get broken, or if there’s an attempt to break them, go over why the rule is in place and enforce a fair, reasonable consequence that helps kids understand your concern.

Every family will be different in their approach. Some will allow personal time on screens at different times and in different places. What should stay consistent is how engaged you are as a parent. If kids understand that you care, and the reasons behind the rules, they’ll grow up to be responsible phone users themselves. Need help enforcing the rules?  Learn more about Screen Time.

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Is Your Child’s Tech Use Harming Their Literacy Skills?

by Screen Time Team on 06/02/2019
As long as there have been children, books, and something to distract them from reading, there has been concern that children aren't reading enough. The latest “something” is the smartphone and the tablet. But are screens denting children's literary skills, or is the concern overblown? The answer is more complicated than you think.
Young teen mowing the grass.

Adults Actually Read Less

Credit due to the children: They’re reading, and we’re not. A Pew Internet study of our literary habits found the people least likely to sit down with a book were actually those 50 to 64 years of age, followed by the 30-49s and the 65 and older crowd. Some of this has to do with children being expected to read textbooks, file book reports, and otherwise engage with text at school, but also kids have more time to sit down with a book, and arguably more opportunity to sit down with one. After all, their schools usually have a library in the building.

That said, however, we live in a society of more distractions than ever. Social media, streaming TV, the texts and calls of friends who may be upset without a response, and even online texts such as long-form essays hosted on websites all compete with books, print and electronic, for time and attention, even if we’re trapped indoors

Part of the reason past generations were so literate was really there was just a lot less to do; our grandparents probably would have struggled to prioritize social media, Netflix, Spotify, and friends texting too. The question really becomes how to get kids to value books. And there are a few simple steps you can take to do that.

Teen sitting on a couch reading a book.

Building A Book-Friendly Family

  • Lead by example. If you read, kids will read.
  • Don’t force it. If you have bad memories of books you hated reading for school, why inflict those on your kids? Let them explore books and find the books they like reading. The same is true of quitting reading a book for pleasure. If they don’t enjoy it, why slog through it?
  • Ask them what they’re reading, for pleasure or for school. If they like a book, ask why, and if they don’t, follow up.
  • Remember that reading is a skill, and like any skill, it improves with practice. Kids who weren’t big readers before will get the hang of it once they find books they like.
  • Ensure children have access to books. This can mean a trip to the library, a shared family Kindle, a visit to the local used bookstore, or just buying age-appropriate books and keeping them in the house.
  • Don’t pick books based on “quality.” Let kids find books they like, instead of forcing them to read “classics” or the books you like.
  • Start a family “book club,” where you all read the same book, or each read a different book and tell each other about it.
  • Set aside time in the day for the family to read. Use parental control apps to shut down screens and just read together or separately.

Finding time in the day for the little things can be tough, especially with a smartphone at your side and a kid’s attention span. Screen Time parental control software can help. To learn how, try it for free.

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How Technology Is Changing the Concept of Peer Pressure

by Screen Time Team on 30/01/2019
In simpler times, if you wanted to get away from your peers, it was easy enough. You just left the room, ignored the phone, and did something else. Now, though, we've all got smartphones in our pockets, including our children, and peer pressure can follow us everywhere we go. How is technology changing peer pressure, and how can we counteract it?
Group of three teen boys looking at and using their phones.
Kids respect and listen to their peers, sometimes too much.

Peer Pressure In The 21st Century

Peer pressure itself hasn’t changed much. There’s both direct pressure, with friends and acquaintances making demands, and indirect pressure, the “everybody is doing it” form of pressure. What’s changed is how it’s communicated.

The direct form has quite a bit of overlap with cyberbullying. Incessant text messages, tagging people in posts, and the classic method of constantly calling and demanding attention are some forms. Social media in particular can make life difficult, as it’s hard to sort your friends from your “friends.”

Indirect takes the form of social media, in particular. A good example is the endless succession of “challenges,” ranging from the goofy to the dangerous, that sweep across social media. The prospect of popularity, paired with the psychological manipulation that are part and parcel of social media design, can push teens into actions and statements they’d normally consider a bad idea.

And, of course, it’s now omnipresent. If you search any of those aforementioned “challenges,” you’ll find a steady stream of thousands or even millions of entries, arriving every minute of every hour for days or even weeks on end. It’s one thing to be told everybody’s doing something, and quite another to have a constant stream of proof in your pocket.

Where does this leave kids? And how can we help?

Mother and daughter looking at a cell phone together.
Kids need parents, grandparents, and other family members as well as friends to fight peer pressure.

Fighting Peer Pressure

The most basic method is the way we’ve fought it for years: Education. Teach your children about peer pressure and to get them thinking about why their peers are pushing them to do or say things. Is there an ulterior motive? What will be the effect on them and the people they love? Is this something worth doing, or is it conformity for the sake of conformity?

Next, teach them about how social media works. Some have argued that social media is a “Skinner box,” a machine that feeds us “pellets” of little emotional boosts so we’ll stay on the site, constantly scrolling, staring at “content” and therefore, ads. Show kids how it works, explain the psychology behind it, so they can see it in action, and make sure they keep in mind as they go among their peers. Remind them that their social media feeds are their spaces; they can mute, unfollow, block, or otherwise get rid of people who are making them uncomfortable.

And remember, you can show them how to handle this by example. Peer pressure doesn’t evaporate once you become an adult. Show your family incidents of peer pressure you have to deal with, discuss how you handled them, and why you chose that particular strategy. That’ll help your kids deal with these situations in their own lives.

Need help controlling peer pressure online? Parental control software (including Android and iPhone parental controls) can help;  learn more about Screen Time to get started today.

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