“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” —Anne Frank
In his keynote address when introducting the iPad 2, Steve Jobs stated:
technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.
I couldn’t agree more.
So much focus is being placed on teaching STEM topics that we’re losing an appreciation for art. Classic inventors like DaVinci and Galileo were also artists. It was their creative minds that led them to invent and solve problems.
In last week’s podcast I gave a general overview of how you can promote a safe mobile experience for your kids. I want to expand on that in the upcoming weeks by discussing various social media platforms, how teens are using them today, and whether or not it’s safe for your teens to be using these platforms.
Note my use of the word “teen”. This is important. Many social media networks unless they are specifically designed for younger kids have a minimum age requirement of 13. There are many good reasons for this and hopefully you’ll learn why I’ve chosen to wait to introduce my kids to social media.
Social media is a virtual minefield that some parents find difficult to safely navigate. This week I’m sharing some practical tips for parents to implement in their homes to help keep their sanity and also teach their teens to use social media responsibly.