Why the Mom’s Code?
If we want to speak our children’s language, we moms have to get more and more tech savvy. Words like Instagram didn’t exist and Vine was a plant. Snapchat sounds like a type of hat but it’s not—it’s an app to send a 10 second video with a text message to anyone in your contacts. Well, these plus facebook are where our tweens and teens are increasingly hanging out. When I ask my daughter her big news—she says, Instagram added video and it’s a free update! As a mom, we need to be on these, plus text, no voicemails please, to effectively parent our children. And we need to understand how to know how to protect them without alienating them. For example, be a fb friend but not write loving messages on his/her page. Forbidding devices or apps may buy you a little time but a mom today can’t stop the technology tidal wave. It’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ so we have to have strategies as parents.
I have to live with all the threats of social media and technology, but one advantage is the phone’s GPS. I always know where my child is and this makes me feel better. Yes, I track them.
We need to help our kids not unwittingly bully using their devices.