How Social Media Affects Teenage Girls & How To Keep Them Safe Online

Social media is here to stay so it is worth recognizing that your daughter is likely to get involved with it at some point. No matter what your daughter is doing on social media, it is almost guaranteed that she is on there in some form, so it is important for you as a parent to know what is happening on social media so you can help protect your child from the possible dangers. 

How Social Media Influences Teenage Girls

Social media is the new way to stay in touch with all that is popular. Whether it is searching for new hairstyles, forwarding memes, or participating in group chats, social media is taking up a lot of time in the lives of adolescent children.

Social media can be used for good, helping your daughter to stay in touch with her friends and distant family members. But it can also be used for negative things, such as exposing your daughter to the unpleasant thoughts of others, as well as allowing tragic situations such as online bullying. 

What Teenage Girls Are Doing on Social Media

Your daughter is doing many things on social media, but it is more than likely she is regularly connecting with friends. With sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it is easy to connect with others so that individuals can share photos, jokes, and fitness videos among many other things. Your daughter is probably building networking skills as she meets friends of friends and connects with them on a slightly personal level.

Sending and posting photos is also, of course, a very popular thing to do on social media. There are personal photos shared, humorous photos and pictures of the latest concerts and events your daughter has participated in.

Another thing your daughter is able to do on social media is to research her interests. From fashion to pop culture to music, your teen can find it all online. Her and her friends will likely post, share, and send links to each other about whatever is popular at the moment. The internet and social media in particular are amazing for the opportunities they provide for research in any area you may be interested in.

How to Prepare Your Daughter to Use Social Media Responsibly

While social media is a great opportunity, it can also be dangerous. There are several steps your daughter should take before she joins any social media sites, or views anyone else’s.

First, talk with your daughter about where she is at. Is she able to participate in public, online conversations without getting too involved? Does she know the dangers of keeping important and personal information private? Is she dedicated to not only avoiding bullying situations, but also to stand against them? Is she willing to put time limits on herself, and show responsibility in her use of social media?

Take steps to assist her in becoming accountable in her use of social media. Some suggestions include adding her as a friend or contact on whatever particular medium she is involved in, and letting her know that you will be regularly checking in on her by using a password that is known to both of you.

For teens, social media is going to be around a long time. Although certain social media websites may come and go, it is important to teach your daughter how to navigate through the online world, which will assist her life skills in the long term.

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