Hi lovelies! Today I want to talk to you about something that we didn't have to worry about as kids, but our kids nowadays have to. It's technology, and more specifically, social media. It's so easy to get drawn into all the negative out there. But more important than that, it can be a very dangerous place for kids. My kids use technology at school and at home, for researching things for school, checking their grades, submitting their assignments, etc. But they also use it for gaming, socializing, and sharing everyday moments.
Now don't get me wrong, I think it's awesome. And a huge part of me wishes that I had that growing up! But what's important to think about is talking to your kids about what they post and portray online. Thankfully, the national PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle.
I encourage my 13 year old especially to share the things that make her happy, the moments that make her smile. Whether it's a pic of our cat, or a fun pic from soccer practice or her orchestra performance.
The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline. The #ShareAwesome contest invites social media users to share a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action for the good of others using hashtag #ShareAwesome on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Students who enter a photo between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will be eligible to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship! Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.