Parenting teens is not always easy. Teens are changing every day, finding their independence, pushing boundaries, spending endless hours online, and rolling their eyes at most of what their parents say. (Let’s be honest, we did the same thing when we were teens!) But it’s a different world now, right? We need our teens to be aware of things that we never thought about - like navigating disinformation online or building a positive digital footprint or understanding the way our personal data is being used. How do we help them navigate these complex issues when we aren’t even sure they are listening to us?
Let’s be honest, teens are watching what we do more than they are listening to what we say. If you want to teach your teenagers how to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible users of technology, you are going to need to show them. You need to role model positive behaviors so that they see them in practice. Everything you do online can impact what your teens do - so why not show them how to be responsible digital citizens? How about modeling media literate behaviors in the way you interact with the digital world?