Happy Mother’s Day: Here are some tech safety tips for teens

I have two teenagers and one preteen. I find the whole research on how smartphones are disrupting our brains to be fascinating. We’re experiencing a disruption as big as the printing press, radio or television. (Can you imagine the complaints when the printing press took off? Kids bringing books to the dinner table!)

According to Common Sense Media, the good news is that very few teens are addicted. The other news is that teens are heavy users. But kids are kids. They may be heavy users but they aren’t great users. They don’t know how to set up their voicemail. They make poor decisions on what to post online. (I don’t get called when kids want cookies – but I’m the mom who gets the call to fix it when someone does something silly on Instagram.) They have no idea what LinkedIn is.

Technology for teens is a little like a pan and spoon are to toddlers – they can make a lot of noise, but they can’t cook. And no matter how hot or cold you personally feel about social media and other technology tools, you know more than they do about keeping safe, professional reputation and when to say when.

I wanted to share some tips from Common Sense Media for helping kids stay focused at home and in the classroom. I think they do a good job.

  1. Talk to students about digital balance. Our digital citizenship resources on this topic will help you jumpstart the conversations:

Technology Addiction Parent Concerns page with FAQs, articles, and videos

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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