Well, it’s that time of the year again. Kids are back in school and the summer is over. Going back to school is tough for kids, especially tweens and teens who have filled their days with all sorts of summer activities and are used to being their own bosses, sort of with mom and dad’s permission, that is.
As they head back into classrooms their days will have to be more organized. Kids must be accountable for so much today, that other generations were not accountable for. Gone are the days of playing with their friends all afternoon and evening, summer is over and fall has begun.
With peer pressure and the myriad of choices placed before our youth, their actions and decisions will play a major role in how they do academically as well as define their relationships with their peers, teachers, and administrators.
Back to school issues for parents and teens can be condensed into four main areas: CyberBullying, Dangerous Drugs, Sexting and Pornography. Every one of these areas has a choice and consequence attached to it, for both parents and students!
As a parent or caregiver you have to be proactive especially in today’s rough and tumble world. If you are not proactive and are not addressing questions and issues that are placed in front of your children daily, they will get their questions answered by someone else. Usually a friend or peer will be the person most likely to influence your child; however, there is also the likelihood that an adult or an untrusted source such as the internet may be the influence.
4 Tips To Build A Lasting Relationship With Your Kids:
1. Awareness (you care)
2. Communication (listening)
3. Teaching (the best part)
4. Action (follow through)
Be aware and start actively communicating, with your children. Parents you need to start teaching them NOW, and make sure to follow through by discussing these kinds of peer pressure related activities with your children. Be diligent and improve daily, so you can create action plans that your family will be able to follow through with, to accomplish your families GOALS and online safety plan!!
“Communication Is Key” Getting families to talk to one another and work towards a common goal seems simple enough, but there-in lies the problem. Communication is what it takes to get started, and this means that parents you have to LISTEN to them, then and only then having open discussions with your children to keep them safe!
Look for future articles where we will cover each one of these bad behaviors and develop action plans you can use to help you as a parent as well as to help your kids stay safe online as well as on the playgrounds of their schools.