Parents advised to set social media guidelines

Parents advised to set social media guidelines

Source: Brantford Expositor

Parents should set boundaries, look for "teachable" moments and learn to roll with resistance as they talk to their teens about social media, says an expert. "We often hear about parents driving their teen to soccer practice or even school and the teen mentions something that they saw in the newspaper or the teen had some other media moment - maybe it was something about cyberbullying," Dr. Megan Moreno said Wednesday at a conference called Exposing the Bare Facts - Youth and the Sexualized World of Social Media. "That's an opportunity for the parent to start talking about cyberbullying with their teen. It's a chance to engage them in a conversation and gain some insight into what's happening - it's a teachable moment." Moreno, an associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of the social media and adolescent health research team at Seattle Children's Research Institute, was the keynote speaker at the conference at the Best Western Brant Park Inn. It was organized by the Brant Youth Wellness Coalition, which includes representatives from various social service agencies in Brantford and Brant County, as well as people from law enforcement and health care.

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