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Social Media for Teenagers – Best Practices

Do you have a strategy in place for social media and your teenager?

The goal of social media and other technology is to help kids become a well rounded person who can coexist with technology, NOT be ruled by it.

At the end of the day, our kids are good people who we love and trust (well, most of the time). What we need to do is empower our kids to make good decisions with this new gadget—to help them understand that social media, like all privileges, is a responsibility.

Here’s a snazzy little poster you can download + print to help create awareness with the young people in your life.

Social Media for Teenagers – T.H.I.N.K. Poster

Social Media for Teenagers

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Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often. 24% of teenagers go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. The question for parents is how you do handle social media for teenagers?

Much of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile devices. Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access1 to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type. African-American teens are the most likely of any group of teens to have a smartphone, with 85% having access to one, compared with 71% of both white and Hispanic teens. These phones and other mobile devices have become a primary driver of teen internet use: Fully 91% of teens go online from mobile devices at least occasionally. Among these “mobile teens,” 94% go online daily or more often. By comparison, teens who don’t access the internet via mobile devices tend to go online less frequently. Some 68% go online at least daily.

 

 

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