Are you a parent? If so, you have probably been told that you do not understand the issues that your child/children are facing these days. Maybe the change in communication, relationships, gender descriptions, and emoticons has you a bit confused.
Articles and radio messages tell parents that children should make their own decisions about what is good for them and parents should support every whim…
Parents have been shunned from their kids social media accounts/timelines for fear of looking un-cool. Parents, this is for you.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
This passage reflects what ALL parents should practice throughout our children’s lives. So how does this help us with social media and our children?
Our role as parents should be teaching and guiding our children how to live the life that God has called them to. And part of the responsibility of parenting is understanding who and what our children are interacting with on a daily basis.
Hear me, a father, when I say that you should be all up in your children’s business when it comes to social media or other web related subscriptions/downloads. Yes, if your child has a login to anything, you should too.
When the day comes that your child unfriends, unfollows, or deletes you, you should delete their access. It is imperative that you as the parent teach your child how to keep social media in it’s proper place.
You shall love your children by being a reflective example of true love. Love disciplines, guides, corrects, and prunes.