Without the technological advances we enjoy today, our parents had a tough go of it. We’d take off on a whim and bike to a friend’s house and the best our parents could to track us down was work their way through the rolodex dialing on their rotary phone.
Fast forward to the present and, minus the widespread use of flying cars, we more resemble the Jetsons than the Brady Bunch.
The pervasive use of social media collided with parenting when our generation started having kids. MySpace (what?), Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other social media platforms were in their infancy while we graduated from high school and picked our college major.
We’re the first generation of parents to raise kids with social media from the start. We post ultrasound photos to Instagram. We share “It’s a girl!” on Facebook. We live-tweet the birth process.
There are Pinterest boards for poses, stickers, and outfits to track your little cherub’s monthly growth and development. Even if an infant with a numbered sticker does bare a striking resemblance to prison mug shots where they hold up the clipboard.
On today’s episode of Dad Life Rules we are joined by social media professional and father of 3, Justin Dean. Our conversation covered the following questions and more:
- How do you think your childhood would have been different with social media?
- What do parents need to know about social media?
- How can parents protect their kids from the drawbacks of social media?
- How can parents equip their kids to engage in social media in a healthy fashion?
- Most people know the Big 5, and new platforms/tools like Periscope and Meerkat continually enter the market.
- What are some of the dangers and some of the opportunities created because of this perpetual development?
- TWITTER: @justinjdean
- WEBSITE: justinjdean.com
- BOOKS: Do Over, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
- APPS: Mention, IF, Fancy Hands
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- FACEBOOK: fb.com/DadLifeRules
- PODCAST PAGE: DadLifeRules.com
- SHOW NOTES: kcprocter.com/dlr010
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