Parenting and Social Media Courses
Live, online, with Jo and Joe
Starting a Social Media Conversation is a program designed to stimulate a continuous, positive social media conversation between kids and the adults in their lives, led by the lived-experience of the kids. Many kids won’t report the bad things that happen online, because parents take away their video game, or phone, or Snapchat to keep them safe. Parents need to learn how to support and understand social media from their child’s perspective, and to create space to help with the negative in an effective manner.
Starting a Social Media Conversation: Before Grade 4
*Multiple Dates Available*
Participants in the 1.5 hour Parenting and Social Media workshop will learn the impact of social media on kids under 8 years old, highlighting both the positive and negative. Tips and guidelines will be provided so parents can make choices that will protect their kids while allowing them to enjoy the positive aspects of social media.
Most parents don't recognize the key to keeping their kids safe online starts with their own habits and behaviours. Jo and Joe will talk about the things parents accidentally do that contribute to the challenges their kids will have online. They'll cover ways to keep your kids safe that have nothing to do with settings and everything to do with an investment in their experience.
Since most kids have exposure to social media, whether through their own use or through the use of those around them, parents will be able to reinforce good choices at home and allow kids to feel more competent, supported, and confident in their social media use as they move through a digital world.
Starting a Social Media Conversation; Grades 4 to 6
*Multiple Dates Available*
This age group is just starting to use social media. Most of them will be using TikTok, and toward grade 7, SnapChat. Some will be using Instagram, all will be playing video games. This is a great time to talk to kids about positive online use, and how to talk to their parents about social media. This is also a vulnerable group for predators and grooming - many are afraid to report challenges to their parents for fear of losing the platform. This is also when cohort bullying starts.
Starting a Social Media Conversation: Middle School
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Starting a Social Media Conversation: High School
By high school, kids have a long track record online. A history not just created by them, but also by their parents. Now is the time to lean into positive personal branding, cleaning up their social, using their social to gain opportunity, and look beyond the small world of high school. This is also a time to discuss the “you send” conversations, requesting photos, sending photos, and the consequences these behaviours can have on their life. Mental health is a huge concern in high school and has to be discussed as well.