Q. Kim, my 15-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter begged me to get on Facebook when they turned 13. But now they don’t seem to use it much. I get the feeling they’re using other sites that I don’t know about. As a tech genius and fellow mom, can you help me out? Before I ask my kids what they’re doing, I’d like to know what I’m talking about. Thanks!
-Debra from Harrisonburg, VA, listens to my national radio show on WSVA 550 AM
A. Hats off to you for paying attention to what your kids are doing online and on their phones, Debra. We moms – and dads and grandparents – have to stay on top of technology to keep kids safe in the digital world.
Remember MySpace? Five years ago, it was hands-down the most popular online hangout for young people. Then Facebook came along and replaced it as the king of all social media sites.
Well, if you’ve been following my Breaking Tech News page, you know that Facebook has been officially dethroned. Twitter is now more popular among teens. And other social sites are in the running to eventually replace that.
My point is that kids are always looking for the next big thing in social media. And with new social networks popping up all the time, it can be hard for guardians to keep up with what’s popular. Even worse, these social sites aren’t always safe.