There are upsides and downsides – even dangers – to this activity.
You want your child to have friends, but real relationships, not virtual ones. You don’t want your child’s identity stolen. You don’t want an online predator to victimize your child. You don’t want your child to be bullied. You don’t want your child to commit an indiscretion that can’t be undone.
But you can’t forbid your child to participate in the social media-based teen culture. At least not without creating a heap of other problems.
So what’s a parent to do?
The Liahona Academy, a residential treatment center for troubled boys, has produced an excellent guide for parents who want to be smart about social media and how to manage it.
The download is free, and it’s good, helpful information.