Does your teenager have a social media policy, acceptable use policy for Facebook, Twitter, Mobile phones or a digital contract ?
Teenagers use of technology and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc) and their digital footprint is becoming an increasing issue facing families, parents and teenagers alike. Recently my son transitioned from being a child to that of a teenager and with his coming of age came a plethora of new parental challenges for my wife and I. As covered by Brad Huddleston in his book Dark Side of Technology, http://www.bradhuddleston.com/order/the-dark-side-of-technology-book/ there is an underbelly to technology and the internet that many parents, children and teenagers are blissfully unaware.
Many a teenager doesn’t understand the implications from conversing in cyberspace and the many digital frontiers. Once they post something to the internet, their is no turning back. Wikipedia has a good post on digital footprints http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_footprint . Many parents are unaware that their child’s profile can be constructed by a dubious person via metadata from the child’s digital footprint. eg. Photos of a child can be overlayed to determine where they live, where they go to child care, what parks they frequent. Tools such as Google Maps are wonderful in the right hands but unfortunately in the hands of a paedophile it becomes a mechanism for evil.
My son, has just turned 13 and with it, he has been granted the privilege of entering the digital age. My wife and I have explained the social perils and pitfalls that exist within the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and texting as well as the long lasting implications that it may have for his future life.
To this end, I created a “Digital Life” contract that has terms and conditions that my son must follow to maintain his ability to access mobile phones and the internet.
I’ve included it here for other parents and guardians to use as a starting point for discussions with their children around usage of Mobile phones,social media and the internet.
Feel free to provide feedback and constructive criticism.
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