Teens & Social Media: Guidance for Parents

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Teens are actively engaged in social media, social networking, and texting. Do you know what your teen is up to online?
Air Date: 5/28/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Melissa Arca, MD
Arca30Dr. Melissa Arca is a board certified pediatrician, mom of two, blogger, and child advocate. She blogs at Confessions of a Dr. Mom where her two worlds of doctor and mom collide. She works with Kaiser Permanente in Roseville and believes in the power of social media in bridging the gap between health care providers and families as a way to connect and engage in order to optimize child health and parental education.

In addition to her blog, you can find her on Facebook ( and Twitter (@Melissa_DrMom)
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Teens & Social Media: Guidance for Parents
Teens are digitally "plugged in" throughout their day in an effort to stay connected to peers and family.

And while they are incredibly adept at navigating online spaces and use new technology with ease, make no mistake that they still need your parental help and guidance to safely navigate their online lives.

While today's tweens and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social venues. For this reason, it is imperative that parents talk with their children of all ages about social media and monitor their online SM use to help them navigate this new online world.

Dr. Melissa Arca helps address the many effects -- both positive and negative -- that social media use has on youth and families, as well as how parents can and should be involved in their children's use of social networks.
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