written by Kim W.
As a parent of a teenager, I have found myself many times getting preoccupied with what my child is doing on social media but not just what he is doing. I also find myself consumed with knowing what he is seeing. Thankfully, I’ve got a rare case of a child who really is not a big fan of social media. He is fourteen years old, and I don’t know any other fourteen year olds who feel that they can live without it. Now, having said that, he is a “lurker” since he only watches what everyone else is doing on social media. That is one of my concerns.
He is accepting Instagram followers and Facebook friends. He does not “post” but he does see what others are doing. I had to have a serious discussion with him about who he accepts as followers and friends, but until very recently, I thought we were done with that conversation. It was easy: do not accept friends or followers that you do not know.