What a wonderful turn out on April 19th with MoBsters and our MoB friends! Thank you to Gourmet to Go and Trina Craig for the delicious lunch and desserts. And a big shout out to our mob photographer, Melissa Hirsch. Here is a recap of the Boys and Social Media Event. Please reach out to us with any questions, suggestions or social media do's and don'ts.
Dr. Batt talked about the brain and development, healthy and unhealthy use of social media, how to limit settings and empower our boys to make good choices. It is a known fact that kids spend less and less time outside and more time in front of a screen. In fact we read one statistic that kids spend 93% of their time inside. Ugh....we need to get our kids OUTSIDE!
The MoB Helpful Resources: 8 steps that could help protect your Boys!
- Filter everything
- www.Covenant Eyes.com, Internet accountability and filtering has great technical support and a simple, easy-to-understand setup and communication.
- You can get a monthly report showing all of the sites your child has visited (or even typed in the search bar)
- Teach your kids about pornography and what to do when they see it.
- Helpful book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures:Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids
- Use a cell phone contract.
- This is a simple agreement between parents and kids agreeing to how the phone will (and will not) be used.
- Talk to your kids about social media.
- Your next step is to just talk to your kids. “What social media apps do you want to use?” “What do your friends use?” “Why do you want them/how do you plan to use them?” etc.
- Do your research.
- Once you know which apps your kids like/want, then do your research. Look it up and read the good the bad and the ugly about that social media app.
- Set Boundaries
- Learn about the good and bad apps that our kids are using!
- www.safesmartsocial.com for lots of amazing information on these apps and how to use them.
Check in with your kids as often as possible!
MOB RESOURCES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Here is a website that help will help you undestand the negative effects of screens and has a great contract for parents and kids: www.screenagersmovie.com
Are you keepingup with all the SnapChat changes? Go o to Josh Ochs' website to get the full story on ALL apps. He has a great parent app guide that describes everything in detail: www.joshochs.com
What you Need to know about Babies Toddlers and Screentime: www.npr.org
Slideshow from the presentation: Boys and Social Media
Melissa Batt, MD, MPH;Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, is an instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults at the Depression Center. In addition to medication evaluations, consultations, and medication management, she also provides some psychotherapy services, including play therapy, for children and adolescents as well as young adults.