With a few weeks of the back to school season under our belts, it is easier to step back and examine our daily routines. Are our children making it to school on time? Are they eating a balanced diet? Are they spending too much time online? Are those interactions healthy?
Have you ever been in a restaurant and observed someone taking a picture of their food? You might overhear them telling their tablemates it was #ForTheGram. Or at home, your child just advocated for their summer vacation suggestion to be chosen because it was #ForTheGram. What does that mean?
For decades, we have recognized the phenomenon of advertisements promoting unrealistic beauty and body standards.
Are the young people in your life disconnected from the world around them because their eyes seem to be glued to the screens of their mobile devices?
Parents of teens probably knew this already, but the Pew Research Center just confirmed it for everybody: YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are US 13-17 year-olds' top social media picks now - at 85%, 72% and 69%, respectively.
Attaching a location to Instagram photos isn't always a risky move. There are benefits to geotagging when used responsibly.
Learn how to set your Instagram account to private to help avoid your photos being shared publicly.
With geo-tags turned on, anyone can see exactly where your child posts from on a neatly drawn map. So if they are posting from places like their school, the theater they frequent, or your home, people will know how to find them. Use this step-by-step guide to turn off geo-tags.