Follow Your Teenager onto Social Media

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Editor's Note: When our kids are little, we stick close-by, following them from room to room to keep them out of danger. When they get older, we need to follow them in a very different way. Confessions of a Dr. Mom has a great post about joining your teenager on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I especially love her point about having the talk about your social media expectations before they have access to accounts. --Mel

Unfortunately, unchecked use of social media can lead to hours of lost sleep for teens (yes, teens admit to sleeping with their smartphones and even texting in their sleep!), privacy undermined, rumors being spread, school and social life being directly affected by online activity, and worse yet…becoming a victim or perpetrator of cyberbullying.

Teens absolutely need our help and guidance when it comes to online activity.

How involved are you in your child's social media world?

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Read more from Got a teen on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? Then you should be there too at Confessions Of a Dr.Mom

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