Being parents in a digital world is both an exciting and challenging adventure – so we created our social media for parents course. Whilst not everything that we thought would be happening by 2020 when we were at school is going to happen, an awful lot of it is – and a lot more that we didn’t even know how to dream about.
Everything is more accessible, same day and next day delivery is the norm and as how we work, socialise and function becomes more digitally based, our children want to be part of that as well. As parents we’re often reliant on social media for work and communication within our every day lives – but we do it with an understanding of social norms and the risks involved. It’s hard to explain that to kids when they’re faced with pressure from every angle to be ‘cool’ (or ‘sick’ as I’m told regularly by my Y6 son), up to date, on trend and ‘with it’.
As a mum and as a volunteer with GirlGuiding for the last 24 years, I’ve become more and more aware that the social media struggle for parents and children is real – and scary and can be all encompassing. The ‘necessity’ for a phone, access to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, SnapChat, Minecraft, Roblox and other games – the need(?!) for an iPad and a laptop as well as a phone…
This course is based on my experiences of running DigitalJen, my fascination with social media, being a mum and a volunteer. I’ve sat through the e-safety talks in schools and done the GirlGuiding safeguarding training, and realised the information was out of date, or didn’t actually work for a real family. I’ve seen schools say one thing and then completely contradict it with their own behaviour online and I’ve seen the results of what can happen when it does all get out of hand. As parents, we need to decide what’s right for us and our families – this social media for parents course will hopefully give you some knowledge, skills and understanding to base those decisions on.
I’m aiming this at parents of children in Years 4-7 as this is what has been asked for – but if you’re interested and your child is older/younger you are very welcome.
There will only be a maximum of 4 on this course with plenty of tea, cake and discussion. Content may vary through the year as trends emerge and functionality develops.
We’ve planned the 2018 sessions as follows;
Wednesday 17th January (9:30-11:30am) – for after the Christmas holidays/new gadgets and for those dark ‘but I’m bored’ evenings
Thursday 22nd March (9:30-11:30am) – pre Easter, online pressures for SATS testing etc
Tuesday 10th July (1-3pm) – brace yourself for the summer holidays, transition to secondary schools and new year groups
Friday 12th October (9:30-11:30am) – settling into the new academic year/I NEED an iPhone for Christmas conversations