Social Media … HELP!
July 13, 2020
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Normally, when we write a blog, we write about something we feel confident and knowledgeable about. We think we have figured it out and want to share our positive experiences with you, hoping to help you on your various journeys.
Today, our blog will be different! Today, I will write about something I have no clue about. I am as clueless and helpless as you may be feeling.
Social media and our kids!
Where to begin?
- When do we give our little ones their first electronic device?
- How much time can they spend on it per day?
- Is there a different rule for weekdays and weekends?
- How does this rule change during the holidays?
- Or as they get older?
- Are they allowed to play shooting games?
- If yes, from what age? And which ones?
The questions are endless! And you know what? So are the answers!
I have spent many long nights discussing this topic with friends and family. And I have noticed two phenomena:
- Everyone has a different opinion and different rules
- No-one really knows what the heck they are doing
We are all so new to this medium that we don’t have proven records of what works and what doesn’t. What is harmful to our kids and what isn’t. Will it damage them, or will it equip them with the tools their generation needs?
There are so many articles written about social media and kids, I am sure you will be able to find one to support every rule.
Are shooting games going to make a killer out of our children or are they teaching them to think strategically and work well in a team? Are they going to make them aggressive or are they going to calm them down by allowing them to release their aggressions virtually?
I could go on and on and on about this, but I am sure I will make as little sense in the end as I have made in the beginning.
However, I am also sure I am speaking for many of you, and that is my point: I want to show you that you are not alone! We are all in this together.
So, my conclusion is: There is no conclusion!
All we can do is do our best!
We need to look at our kids, observe them, and stay flexible. If we see that one rule is not to their benefit (or our family’s benefit), we change it. If we change our rules so often that our kids get confused and annoyed, … so be it. This inconsistency is one of the symptoms of their generation and I trust that it will be beneficial to their life in a way that I don’t yet know.
Stay curious and involved!
And if you think you have found the “perfect rule” to social media and our kids, PLEASE share it with us on our Facebook page under this blog post (click here). We will be forever grateful!
Sending You Much Love & Laughter
Sittah & Amy
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