A surprising new study claims that teenagers who are connected with their parents on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram tend to have better relationships than their non-techie counterparts. Inneresting. Researchers from BYU found that teens who have some sort of connection to their parents online feel more connected to their parents in real life. Half of the kids said they used social networking to keep in touch with their parents, and 16 percent said they had interaction with their parents via social media every day.
Awesome! Love to hear about parents and kids coexisting in the whiles of the Internet, as opposed to sneaking around. However, if you are going to be friends with your child on Facebook or wherever, there are a few social media etiquette rules you should follow.
Here are 7 Facebook rules every parent should follow when "friends" with their child.
1. Don't "like" everything your kid posts. Your child needn't be reminded that you're looking at everything they do online 24:7 every time they post something.
2. Don't comment on everything your kid posts. And at the same time, no need for your kid's friends to be privy to a million online "conversations" you have. A few here and there are sufficient.
3. Don't become friends with all of your teen's friends. The purpose is to be connected with your child, not your child's friends. Befriending all of your kid's friends is the virtual equivalent of being the mom who barges into her child's room when her friends are over to "get the gossip" a la Amy Poehler's character in Mean Girls.
4. Don't embarrass your kid. All parents love showing off their kids online. But if you're actually friends with your child on Facebook, try to refrain from posting old naked baby photos of them.
5. Don't stalk. The fact that your kid has agreed to be friends with you says a lot. Try to respect that. Don't spend every waking moment perusing their profile for anything incriminating.
6. Don't tag your kid in photos without asking. This is common Facebook etiquette, but it's all the more important when dealing with your child.
7. Don't post 100 times a day. Nobody likes the person who clogs up their newsfeed. Especially your kid. Not cool, Mom and Dad.
Are you and your kid friends on Facebook?
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