teens and social media

From Shakespeare to TV sitcoms, the idea of pretending to be someone you're not never gets old. In the online world, there's a name for it -- "catfishing" -- and it's common enough to have inspired a movie and a TV show.
Is the world's biggest social network in trouble?
The tug to be more authentic -- both online and in reality -- is a natural part of growing up. More and more, social media is the place girls go to get real. And it's all fine -- until it's not.
The increased presence of youth online has raised serious concerns about the safety of Internet and social media use.
Social media has taken over the lives of our teenagers. As parents we need to help our teenagers' balance the challenges social media brings with the needs the real world requires of them.
Walking the fine line of respecting your child's online privacy while looking out for their well-being is a challenge that our parents didn't exactly have.
When teens consider the concept of addiction, they likely think about cigarettes and substance abuse, but oversharing on social media doesn't always register as a cause for concern.
See part of the discussion above, and click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about selfies at Auschwitz
The friend who was watching the movie with me didn't live in the same state, country or for that matter, the same continent as me. We were screen sharing and watching a movie on Netflix.
We are the generation of social media, and we all look to each other to determine how we should be using it. For some weird reason, we all use it differently.
I love the Internet and its seemingly endless array of gifs of cats fitting into places I didn't know they could fit, but its offerings of guiltless, unnecessary self-expression is hurting how we relate to each other.
"We often rebelled, and parents never caught on. Now you actually have traces of it, and parents can see it and they kind
It's nothing new that teens put peers' input above that of their parents. But what has changed? The input comes not just from classmates and neighbors, but from complete strangers who enter our children's lives through their virtual world -- the Internet.
I'm writing this article because I watch too many parents alienate themselves from teens because of the fear-mongering, techno-phobic myths they are inundated by in mainstream media.
From the moment they started a Facebook or other social media account, you should be able to observe what is going on digitally in your child's life. It isn't about snooping -- it is about being a responsible parent.
Spying on our kids implies distrust. We need to treat our children with respect because the way to get kids to act trustworthy is paradoxically, to offer them our trust.
I know your family would not be thrilled at the thought of my teenage daughter seeing you only in your towel. Did you know that once a female sees you in a state of undress, she can't ever un-see it? You don't want my daughter to only think of you in this sexual way, do you?
Click here to watch the full segment on teens and Facebook use on HuffPost Live. HuffPost Teen blogger, Marc Rinosa, agrees
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