Parent’s Meeting on Social Media


Here’s my outline for a parents meeting that I am doing on Friday night. I thought you may want to run a similar session for parents in your area. Use some or all of this. Make sure that you provide plenty of time for parents to interact with each other and to ask questions. Here’s the the outline and a power point you can download. 

Social Media or Anti-Social Media

Here’s a power point presentation if you are interested:


 By the end of our time together you will

  1. Be more aware of how teens are using phones, apps, other devices
  2. Recognize the problems associated with social media
  3. Respond with reasonable ground rules and expectations

 Social Media & Networking

How are teens using those devices

Student use of apps




Instagram Star  Speaks Outinstagram-star

Instagram was destroying my life Essena O’neil
-hundreds of retakes
-dangerous dieting
-retouching photos
-living for likes
-shut down account started new account to help others


More than half of the 92 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 who go online daily use Instagram. While young people of every generation have struggled with how to project their identities onto the greater world, teenagers of 2016 arguably have it worse. Given the pervasiveness of social media, the feedback mechanism never shuts down.


Girls have quietly repurposed the photo-sharing app into a barometer for popularity, friendship status and self-worth.” Writes, Rachel Simmonds


Face Book

  • Communication
  • Showing Interest
  • Social Comparisons
  • Identity Construction
  • Opportunities for Bullying
  • Opportunity for obsession over likes
  • FOMO –fear of missing out

Twitter     #seriously

A third (33%) of all teens use Twitter. Older teens are more likely to use the service than younger, with use rising steadily as teens age, from just 13% of 13-year-olds using the service to 28% of 14-year-olds and 43% of 17-year-olds.

The oldest girls ages 15 to 17 are the most likely to use Twitter with nearly half of them (49%) using it. 

The oldest girls ages 15 to 17 are the most likely to use Twitter with nearly half of them (49%) using it. 

 This is how teens relate to each other around celebrities, funny videos, hashtags, and interests

It can be a social media asking “This is me. What do you think of me?”

You tube endless entertainment


Apple TV



Why anonymous sites are dangerous

Mya Bianchi, a 15-year-old who attends Ionia High School in central Michigan

Phone number posted

Bullied/ harassed

Other Apps



Let’s ‘Chat’

  • What are some of the ways that you set boundaries?
  • What are some Best Practices?
  • What are some of your take-aways from what you have seen so far?


What Parents Can Do




Motivation and Opportunity

  • Some students are not motivated
  • Some students have no opportunity
  • What happens when they are motivated and have opportunity?

 Some Thoughts

  1. Model the Behaviour you want to develop.
  2. Increase Face to Face Time
  3. How can busy families increase family time ?

Reasonable Expectations

  • Create use agreement/ covenant
  • Consider a blocking app
  • Limit screen time
  • No screens in bedrooms overnight
  • No phones at dinner time
  • No phones in the car
  • Parents have all passwords
  • Parents have all permissions for apps

 The Teen World Today

  • Social media is everywhere and many teens are constantly connected
  • There are dangers for healthy development
  • Set guidelines pair Privilege with Responsibility
  • Set and Enforce Reasonable Expectations


If you would like to contact me you can email me at ron.powell@vanguardcollege .com

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