It’s crazy nowadays how much access kids have to the internet. When I was younger, I wasn’t allowed to get a Facebook until I was 15, and now my cousins have Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and countless others at the age of 10. Of course, these platforms weren’t as popular or didn’t exist when I was their age, but it is such an integral part of how they interact with their friends that it almost seems like these sites are necessary for them.
If kids do choose to engage on social media at a younger age, I believe there are several things both they and their parents should monitor. The first is the amount of time kids spend on social media (or even looking at screens). In a recent study, it was discovered that Generation Z spends around 10 hours of their day looking at screens. When I was their age, I was playing outside with friends, while now, they engage with friends online. Parents should definitely try setting limits for screen time and encourage some fresh air and real human interaction.
Another tip I think is good for families and kids is, if you are going to watch TV, might as well watch it together. I know members of a family can all have different schedules and tastes when it comes to TV, but watching a show once or twice a week together is always fun. It can also help parents to monitor their kids’ screen-time intake when they are all together. What other tips do you have for kids and families?