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Facebook and Twitter explained to parents

For today's kids, there is nothing more natural than having a digital life in social media. Technology, they were born into it. Although more and more adults are also connected to these different sites, the experience is often less extensive. So much so that many young people know much more than their parents! And they sometimes feel helpless, especially when they hear about all the risks these sites entail.

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For today's kids, there is nothing more natural than having a digital life in social media. Technology, they were born into it. Although more and more adults are also connected to these different sites, the experience is often less extensive. So much so that many young people know much more than their parents! And they sometimes feel helpless, especially when they hear about all the risks these sites entail.

Laurence Bee, it is his pseudonym of "tweeting», Proposes in his book Facebook and Twitter explained to parents to immerse themselves in this universe to guide our young people in this world where they will inevitably end up evolving. “Subscribing to a social network is on the same level as swimming or cycling: it requires learning. Of course, a child released all alone on the networks, without elementary precautionary advice, is a child who can take risks. No parent would ever think of letting their child cross a road without teaching them to look right and then left. The same goes for social networks: let's give our children the opportunity to make the most of it by educating them, ”says the author at the outset.

An introduction to the different types of social media and a few 2.0 expressions, an overview of the different risks for children and ways to avoid them, his book (digital only!) Offers an initiation for parents who are not connected. The information is also interspersed with testimonials from young people and parents about their online experiences. We also find an interview with Yann Leroux, psychologist and psychoanalyst and ... " geek "! Finally, the book offers a short glossary and some links to continue your research online.

This small book of 125 pages (in large print) is an interesting introduction. But to deepen the question, it will take time, warns the author. “Contrary to an idea rooted in the minds of parents, getting to know the social web better does not necessarily imply insurmountable technical skills: access to networks is not in itself complicated from this point of view. The proof: children, by definition beings in the making and learning, go there younger and younger. On the other hand, there is one essential point that every parent should have in mind: using social tools intelligently takes time. Because yes, raising a child, digitally or not, takes time and energy. Remember, when your child was born you spent hours understanding how a car seat works, choosing the best model, educating other parents. Do the same with the social web: your child has grown up, but that does not prevent you from educating yourself and trying to understand how this universe works, ”she argues.

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Nathalie Côté
Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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