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Aida Crooms is an influential lifestyle blogger and social media guru. Aida writes from her heart and is the mother to a teenager.
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Jun 24, 2016
Today seemed like an ordinary day, until your teen turned your world upside down. You went online to find out your teenager just broadcasted to ALL 1,500 of their "personal" Facebook friends that your family is out of town for a week and your home is a target for a break-in. What else is she sharing when I'm not looking?
Over sharing is a REAL problem and most tweens/teens just don't get it. Whether it is the live video of you losing your temper on the phone, telling everyone about that new gadget you just bought, telling everyone about the "funny" argument you just had with your boss, co-worker, spouse, best friend, or the unfair punishment that you just instituted, ugh!
Not to mention, my personal favorite when they broadcast from every location they visit including their school, home, restaurants, stores, etc. I think you get the picture. Perhaps you are worried about those status updates that are either totally out of pocket, or the ones would make a perspective employer or college admission officer click the no-way button before they even hit the front door. These are some of the most common challenges that you as a parent have to deal with when your teenager loves social media just a little too much for their own safety and your sanity.
I can't tell you how many times I have seen teenagers leave more than enough information on social media to lead a pedophile or criminal right to them or right to your home. Even trying to explain the danger of sharing over exposed sexy pictures, Snapchats to boyfriends or girlfriends or even being involved in sharing someone else's can quickly go from child's play to a criminal offense that can harm them for the rest of their lives.
As a concerned parent how do you fight back so your teen or tween understands that there are real dangers on social media that they need to think about and consider?
Social media is here to stay and the dangers and challenges are going to grow with it. As things progress you may have to be more diligent. Keep the lines of communication open and let them know that they can come to you. This is so important. Stay informed and involved and talk to your friends and other parents to find out how they handle this with their kids. Don't worry, you've got this.