Seven Ways Parents Can Help 13-Year-Olds Start Their Social Media Lives Right

Many of today’s thirteen-year-olds begin their involvement with social media and have a new window on the lives of their friends and how their friends may see / feel about them. According to KJ Dell’Antonia of The New York Times, being 13 has always meant walking a tightrope between adolescence and childhood, between self-awareness and self-absorption, between being yourself and being the person you hope others will see. Social media may have amplified that balancing act, but it didn’t create it, and now, it’s just one more rite of passage — and one more chance for parents to strike a balance between guiding children and letting them find their own way. This article guides parents on how they can prepare and shield their teenagers on their first steps to their online social life.

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