From The MS Counselor
Following up on my earlier posts and communication that has come from our grade 6 Digital Citizenship teacher, Mrs. Hauser in regards to tweens and teens and social media. This video came out in 2015 yet is more relevant now then it was only 2 years ago, "Being Thirteen: Inside The Secret World of Teens "
This 40 minute investigative report explores what it means to be a thirteen year old in school today with social media playing a big part of their lives, most likely too large a part in their lives. An important factor to remember is that it is not only 13 plus year old children that are involved in this anxiety causing behaviour. Any parent that allows their child to sign up or signs their underage child up for any social media account is opening the door for this distracting, drama causing, time consuming, anxiety filling and possibly mental health damaging activity.
Hopefully you will watch this video with your child or children and discuss what social media means to them. Discuss how it infiltrates their lives. Make a plan how to monitor and limit online activity so that they can positively cope with the effects of it.
If you have any thoughts or concerns about social media or your child's usage do not hesitate to contact the counseling office.