Teens and Virtuous Social Media Use

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My latest column over at CatholicMom.com alerts parents to a new Facebook app called “Bang With Friends.” I think what horrifies me the most with this new app is teens, even preteens, have the ability to download an app and experiment sexually under the guise of logging onto Facebook.

What to do? Well telling Facebook to breakup with this app is one part of the battle. The other? Arming our children with a moral compass so that when exposed to the seedier cultural elements, they are emboldened with the fortitude to make good choices.

In a few weeks, I’m giving a talk to the young ladies involved in Pure Fashion Des Moines to discuss this very topic — how to behave virtuously while using social media. Given my children are preschool and younger, I don’t yet have experience helping them navigate the landmines associated with social media use. I could use some insider info here (please don’t make me beg!).

If your teen were in the audience, what messages would you want me to share? Head over to CatholicMom.com and share your thoughts.

2 comments to Teens and Virtuous Social Media Use

  • Andrew

    One idea, which is perhaps one of the hardest to follow because of the anonymity that can be had on the internet, is to not do online what we wouldn’t do while offline. We’re called to exemplify holiness in all aspects of our lives, so if we’re too tempted to act otherwise online then we shouldn’t bother to log on. Another idea is to note how easy and quick it is for someone to use just one or a couple other websites to find out more information about an individual who’s Facebook profile is even only partially filled out (the moral of the story being: protect yourself, family, and friends).

  • Feel free to message me. I’m giving a talk on teens and social media for our diocesan middle school rally tomorrow, was once a teenager online, and now have six kids, the oldest 17 and the next one down is 12. I am in the thick of this whole parenting teens with balancing social media. Would love to compare notes. Thanks!!

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