Ninety-five percent of American teens are online, either via a desktop computer or mobile device, Pew Research reports. Internet-aware parents try to do a good job at keeping our children safe online; we lock down their access to various sites to protect them from all sorts of bad information and influences, and we give them advice on what they should follow. To that end, let’s take a look at the social media pages we think are helpful to teens:
Creating a Newsie Teen
More than two-thirds of Americans get their daily news from the Internet, according to the American Press Institute. Though news coverage is available 24 hours a day, few teens actually follow the news closely. One reason is that the teen would need to consciously seek out current affair information, an act that is not common unless a project or paper is due in school. If you are the type of parent who believes in staying up to date on global news, then ask your child to place a news feed on his or her social media accounts. This way, the adolescent does not need to search for news. It is present for the teen to read or not, as he or she chooses.
If you want to be more prescriptive, then look at the Facebook pages of the larger media outlets. For the smart but free-willed adolescent, Gathering of the Minds on Facebook is a news outlet that offers everything from current science to satirical politics. It promises open and uncensored coverage of ideas so be prepared to have some pretty heated debates about Middle-Eastern politics while eating your meat loaf.
Adolescents and Money
A third of high school seniors use a credit card, yet only a quarter understand how credit works, Charles Schwab reports. Financial literacy is a must, and it is not something that can be taught overnight. Some of the things that you will want your child to learn are credit and return on investments; both of these require a logical analysis of how much money is going out versus how much is coming in. This is the basis of all finance. You are not expecting your teenager to be filling SEC stock holdings, but an understanding of daily personal finances would serve him in the future. Investopedia is a good place for your burgeoning adult to get information about financial matters, and the J.G. Wentworth Twitter feed is a great resource for living-on-a-budget information.
Sports Chat Online
You do not need to suck all of the fun out of social media. Reddit is a fun way to stay up on sports and sports conversations. The Reddit sports category will have links to any number of interesting sports events. Some offer discussion on teams or sports figures, chastising them for poor achievement or making predictions on future greatness. Others have humor for the sports-minded. Reddit is designed to be a forum chat platform, so monitor your childâ€™s activity closely. It is not uncommon for sports enthusiasts to use profanity or other language that would be considered inappropriate.