whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~Phil. 4:8
This is the second in a three-part series on parents, teens, and Facebook.
By Toni Birdsong
This week we’re going to dive deeper into some savvy ways you as a parent can stay ahead of the cyber curve and help your teens enjoy the upsides of Facebook and avoid (or manage) the downsides.
The goal of this series isn’t to teach you how to spy on your teen or question every move he or she makes. The goal is to encourage you as a parent to simply get involved and equip your teen to live a godly, honorable and safe life online. Once you have a sound foundation of teaching with your teen—some of these suggestions may not apply. Every family and every circumstance will differ.
12 Facebook Tips for Christian Parents
1. Communication is key. Talk openly and often about the privilege and responsibility that comes with using Facebook (and being online) and the consequences of breaking the rules.Remember, Rules without Relationship = Rebellion. The Facebook conversation is an ongoing one—not a one-time thing, which makes Facebook an opportunity to build a deeper relationship with your teen so go for it!
2. Model priorities—log off! If you want your teen to put God and family first and have an awareness of the amount of time they spend online then you must be the model for that. Set limits on your own social networking/work/surfing time. Don’t live online. Show them what it looks like to put God and family first. If you mess up in that equation from time to time, confess it to both God and your teen. Then correct it. (In our house, I personally try to log off from 5 pm to 10 pm when my kids are home and need me. I also make every attempt to “go dark” on the weekends, which means no computer time at all).
3. Keep computers in an open area—not a teen’s bedroom. It’s important to setFamily Groundrules on computer use. Teens—regardless of maturity—are all vulnerable to technology addiction, bullies, inappropriate content, pornography, and sexual predators. It’s up to parents—not teens—to set and enforce the rules for computer use. Don’t let computer use become a “secret” or “personal” thing. Keep digital activities in the open and in the light.
Please click here for the other 9 tips and the rest of the article: Part 2: What Every Christian Parent Needs to Know About Facebook