Q: When I told my fifth-grader she couldn't have a
Facebook account because she's not 13, she asked for a LinkedIn
account. Should I object?
A: Social networking is a popular way for young
people to communicate with friends. Tweens who don't meet
Facebook's age requirement of 13 may begin to look for alternative
social networks to join.
How does LinkedIn compare to Facebook when it comes to
tweens and teens?
Q: My son compulsively texts and surfs
the Internet on his phone-even during commercials when he watches
TV. How can I break him of this habit?
A: Watching today's youth interact with their
tech devices can bring about some strong emotions, especially when
it comes to cellphones. Kids seem to do everything with a phone in
their hand or on their person.
Today's tweens and teens are often referred to as
connected consumers, meaning they are interacting with their cell
phones during or between other activities. While a constant
nose-to-the-smartphone isn't good for anyone, understanding exactly
what this connected generation is doing on their phone will help
guide your decisions when it comes to curbing bad
Not all activities might be harmful-in fact, before you
scold your teen, try asking these questions to get him talking
about his activities and connect face-to-face:
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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