92% of teens go online daily, according to the 2015 Pew Report Teens, Social Media, & Technology. While the number of teens online isn't surprising, I am somewhat taken aback by the disconnect there seems to be when it comes to understanding our teens and their views of social media. I see so many articles on parenting teens written from a perspective where we should parent more tightly. Or, more alarming, posts where a parent is publicly shaming their teen. These show that, as parents, we are failing miserably when it comes to connecting with our kids. We need to listen to what our kids have to say about social media a bit more so we can better offer boundaries and guidance with love and grace.
Here are 5 Things About Social Media Teens Wish Parents Would Understand:
- Social media is our “public space.”
- What you say about us openly matters deeply to us.
- We are connecting.
- We need you to model what you ask of us.
- They aren’t “our friends online,” they are our friends.