Look out for your friends, but if they want to take risks that you don’t, walk away. And if those risks have bad results, remember you can only be responsible for yourself and your actions.
Tweens rarely take, or want to take, time away from their devices in our ‘always on’ world.
It is important to instil a sense of understanding in your tween about how this mobile world can affect their lives, not just now but into the future. And how to ask for help if they are experiencing bullying or problems online.
Teach them that ‘anonymous’ does not always remain anonymous. Pictures and comments posted now will stay on the internet forever for future employers, partners and families to look at. So before they post, ask them to consider how they would feel if you saw it? And how would they feel if someone posted the same about them.
Try and get them to take a break from screen time, to read for fun, not just study, to hang out with friends or take some exercise or play sport.
Finally, try to learn about the sites and apps that they are using. Not all of them are suitable for their age group and they need to understand why that is, which means you need to understand why too!
You won’t be able to change everything. Work on the things you can change, and move on and learn from what you can’t change.