Four Ways to Monitor Teens’ Social Media Time plus a New Gold Standard Mindset

It is conventional wisdom that Steve Jobs put a ‘dent in the universe’. No, he didn’t … People who get up every morning, get their kids dressed, get them to school and who have an irrational passion for their kids well being, dent the universe. The world needs more homes with engaged parents, not a better f•ckin phone. Scott Galloway ‘the four’

ONE: Be a good role model yourself

Set a balanced example of healthy use of technology. Stop checking your email or cellphone at every peep. Organize set times in the house for technology-free zones for certain periods of time when everyone participates . Make time for full attention at breakfast and time in the evening to ask about their days and make a reality check. Always keep the parent-child dialogue open and be available to secure any questions before the internet has answers, inappropriate as some may be.

TWO: Ask your teenager to keep track of their time

Encourage the use a weekly or monthly calendar to track and update activities. It’s a real place to set personal goals, action plans and note achievements. As well, an online daily planner can keep track of assignments to be responsible for getting work done. Be sure the teen keeps the routine without constant reminders or needing to nag. Understand rights require responsibilities.

THREE: Talk about how to resolve conflicts in time management

Most teens have hectic schedules with family, school and community activities. Discuss the value of commitments. Both sides can claim each has valid points so compromise means taking turns. Is a movie date more important than a family dinner? Three nights dinner, one night movie, for example.

FOUR: Make their OFFLINE time significant

Strive to get teens involved in something they’re interested in offline. It could be sports, music, acting, mechanics, community volunteering and other activities that will give them confidence and build a healthy self-esteem. Most importantly, they interact with their peer group face-to-face, doing and learning what they can do, instead of how they look.

What if, it is possible to create a strong, undeniable mindset that my OFFLINE personal time is as important, if not more important, than my ONLINE time scrolling and moiling on Social Media?

What an interesting teaching challenge to design a learning process and lesson plans to develop this Gold Standard Mindset for teenagers to believe and respect their timeline, the sooner the better. Who is ready to step up, the sooner the better?

Retired teacher — wisdom of Timely Tools for Changes: self-franchise internet marketing, social media attacks, ecology

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