While I agree with the importance of the discussion and the impact that social media have on our children, I am reminded of a quote:
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
This was written by……Socrates. I guess what I am saying is that each generation (since Ancient times it seems)is challenged by its children. The problem is exacerbated by the inability to connect/communicate, and the seeming abandonment of ‘traditional values’.
Social Media (and likely media in general) is our challenge. We know that the impact is real, and that it can be for good or ill. As parents, educators, and grown-ups, our work is maintaining (positive) influence by establishing strong relationships with our kids, being ‘present’ for them so that they feel safe and know they have boundaries, and working to understand the technology they use and the ways they use it. My daughters both love snapchat, for example, and though I don’t currently use it, I know how it works, what it can and can’t do, and I monitor their use of it closely.