Social Media and our Kids

Monday, February 12, 2018 5:06 pm

People who bully, know that they’re doing the wrong thing. They know that they are a bully but they like the power. Unfortunately it’s a condition of the human heart so we’re probably not going to be able to eradicate it. It’s evident that people say things on social media that they wouldn’t say to your face, so this takes this type of bullying, cyber bullying, up several notches.

We need to teach our children (and ourselves) how to deal with these sorts of people.

“You wouldn’t leave your back and front door unlocked and wide open at night while you slept to invite anybody to walk inside your house, so why would you let your children go to bed with any form of technology that allows social media contact. ”

Social media allows the world into your environment at the click of a button.

But we’re not naive, we know laptops and mobile phone are apart of this day and age we don’t have to try and live without this technology. You’re the parent, you own the devices that social media runs on.

So there is a very simple and practical step we can take to protect our kids. Don’t let them go to bed with their phones. Say, 7pm comes around – everyone puts their phones in a bowl on the kitchen bench and they’re left there until the morning.

Any social media should be used in the public space of the home so we can monitor their use.

Let’s remember to reflect on how we allow them access to technology. That’s one way of doing the two things we’re required as parents – to protect and grow our kids.

Thanks to Graham Irvine from Riverview Church for this insight.

 

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