I’m guest blogging today over at Austin Catholic New Media about the trials (and joys) of navigating social media with your tween/teen. Here’s your excerpt. For the full read, visit Austin Catholic New Media.
Every kid does it. No matter how straight the A’s, smart the brain, talented the athlete or pious the altar server—at some point in life, you child is going to lie to you.
A few weeks ago our 11-year-old did just that. He opened an Instagram account even though we expressly told him not to do it. Thankfully, providentially, I am in the thick of a parenting series, Love & Logic. In one of our most recent classes the facilitators taught us this very important lesson of parenthood: “When you don’t know what to do, delay the consequence.”
My husband and I did just that and we have totally seen the Holy Spirit at work.
You see, we’re new to this parenting a middle-schooler gig and we are most definitely new to parenting one who has social media access at the tap of a screen. While we sorted out what to do, we turned to prayer, late night talks with one another and, you guessed it, social media.
I reached out to a friend on Facebook who is a social media guru and Catholic new evangelist, Brandon Vogt. He shared this gold mine of a resource. Not all of us are social media experts. Heck, I’m not even sure the social media experts are experts because the landscape changes so frequently. I do know this. I am not afraid of social media. My only fear is that I will do my children a disservice by not showing them how to use it properly.