Help for parents trying to guide their kids’ online lives

Highly recommend listening to James Steyer’s recent interview on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program about using common sense to keep your kids safe online.

Using personal observations, Steyer urges parents to be involved with their children’s approach to social media and help them understand what they share online and how they share, has lasting consequences.

“Young people in particular often self-reveal before they self-reflect,” says Steyer. “There is no eraser button today for youthful indiscretion.”

You can also check out his new book: Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide To Raising Kids in the Digital Age, (Amazon link) in which Steyer offers help for parents trying to “navigate their kids’ online, media-saturated lives.”

Ultimately says Steyer, kids are becoming aware of the social pressures to constantly be online, whether it be on Facebook or responding to texts. Adding “I think young people are increasingly aware of the positives as well as the downsides of this form of communication. And that’s a good thing.”

Jim Steyer, is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, speaker, author and teacher at Stanford University.

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