Today I’m excited to share with you a little bit of insight from a member of the Zuckerberg family on setting social media limits, but first I’ve been meaning to say a big THANK YOU for all the love you sent my way after I shared Sadie’s name with you on Wednesday! I appreciate all of your kind words. 🙂
Yesterday I shared a little bit of advice I received recently regarding screen time for children (which we all know is a hot topic today in a world of technology), and I’m back again today to share another valuable perspective I learned back in July.
During the BlogHer conference I had the opportunity to attend a session with Sears, and one of their guest panelists was Randi Zuckerberg. During the Q&A portion a fellow audience member asked Zuckerberg about social media rules (if any) that she has in place in her home for her children. I perked up when I heard this question and was very intrigued by what her answer would be considering her brother changed the world by inventing Facebook.
She explained simply “that if parents want to make rules for their kids regarding social media, they should start by making rules for themselves for how it’s used and when it’s used because that’s how kids see it used: by their parents.”
For example, if she doesn’t want her kids on social media in the morning, than she doesn’t need to set a poor example to spend her time on it either. If she doesn’t want them lounging around all weekend playing on technology, than she doesn’t need to either.
How simple, but how smart?! As someone who spends a good chunk of time on social media and the computer working on blog-related things, this piece of advice spoke to me. It’s personally convicting and causes parents to evaluate why they’re setting the limits they’re setting.
This is advice that I definitely want to keep in my back pocket for when my girls get a little older and are directly watching and learning from my example for how and when it is and is not acceptable to be in front of a screen.
What do you think? Is this practical advice? I’d love your thoughts.