June 10, 8pm
I will be doing a much needed teleseminar on what today’s teen girls are doing on their social networks and how to keep them safe.
It’s a brave new world out there.
One of the things I’ve noticed – no surprise to you, I’m sure – is that girls are pretty comfortable texting and posting thoughts, whims and photos, without really getting the possible consequences or the big picture of their digital footprints. They pretty much blurt out what they’re feeling in the moment. I have a great story about how one of my daughters told her whole twitter following: “I hate my mom.” You’ll have to hear my talk to get the whole scoop and other things I have discovered from other moms.
I’ve also learned that most moms (and dads) aren’t aware of their kids’ social network profiles (or how many they are on) or parents are simply too busy to check in on them. I get it.
I’ve come to believe that most parents don’t fully appreciate how their tweens and teens are using social networks and why – especially girls. There are gender differences in how girls and boys use technology, and it’s in part about how girls are hardwired to bond and socialize at this stage. From discussions I know lots of moms are feeling disconnected. They are also missing a huge opportunity to have meaningful conversations with their daughters (and sons)not only about what they are exposed to online, but how to be responsible and respectful to each other, online and offline.
And really, who wants their kids to air their family and friends laundry on the modern digital stage? But that’s what’s happening. Girls almost can’t help themselves.
Join me to learn some of the latest observations of how girls are connecting over their digital gadgets and what you can do about concerns that may come up for you. Tell your mom friends, too!