The Great Debate: To Lie Or Not To Lie About Your Child’s Age On Social Media Platforms

Social Media is changing how we all interact on a daily basis. What is mind boggling to me is how many kids I see out and about with smart phones.

Now, I’m not talking about teenagers, I am talking about kids that are 8-12 years old.

Most kids in this age group do not have jobs to pay for the phone and/or assist Mom and Dad in paying the monthly data fee. And the other thing that really bothers me is that these kids are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other platforms. These kids are brilliant, and I mean that in a good way!

Our kids are smart and it’s up to us as parents and society to make sure our kids are safe while online. So, my question to all of you is, “How do all of these kids open up accounts on these social media platforms?” I have been told by many that the parents do it for them. I recently posted this question in a Facebook group and two parents responded that they would never lie about their kids’ age to open up a social media account for them. I am assuming I received a low response, as some did not want to admit they had done it. 

Yes, it’s probably poor judgement on the parent’s part. After all, we all make mistakes as parents, as we live and learn. If you are one of these parents that has lied about your child’s age so they can have these social media accounts, I hope you are right alongside them.

Password Information

Make sure you have all passwords to every single one of your child’s social media accounts. Let your child know that you will have access to them 24/7.

Educate Yourself

If you realize you made a mistake by allowing your tween to be involved in social media, you can delete the accounts or educate yourself. You, as a parent, need to know how to use these accounts, as it’s the only way you can help protect your child while online. Here’s a great tip for you, head on over to YouTube and search out the social media platforms your child is on. You must understand them!

Parental Controls For Smart Phones

Check with your cell phone carrier to sign up for parental controls that will allow you access to your child’s cell phone. Most have services that allow you to see their texts, phone calls, and even location monitoring.

Smart phones are changing how we all interact. Make smart decisions when it comes to your kids and smart phones. Smart phones connect people all over the world with the touch of a key. When you give your child a smart phone to use, you are giving them access to the world. Think about that- that’s a LOT of people!

Remember, your kids are watching your every move. When you lie about your child’s age on a social media platform, what message are you sending them? And just because a social media platform says a 13 year old can sign up, that does not mean every 13 year old is mature enough to handle it. Be smart so your family can be safe online.

If you are a parent, at what age have you or will you allow your child to be involved in Social Media? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hot topic.

 

 

Bloggers Are Professionals And Should Be Treated That Way

If you are a blogger, you know that bloggers are often not taken seriously. Many people think that it’s OK to use the term “Mommy Blogger.” Well, let me educate you. 99.9% of bloggers that I personally know, do not appreciate being called a Mommy Blogger. Women spend a lot of time and money building up a blog, while educating others on topics of their choice. And by the way, there are men, such as Adam Sommer, of Visit Fly Over Country, that have embraced blogging and are very good at it.

For those of us in the blogging industry, we consider ourselves to be professionals and wish to be treated with respect. As a blogger that writes about travel and living in Iowa with my family; I have always despised it when someone labeled me a Mommy Blogger. I learned to roll with the punches, as it seemed trivial. But you know what? It’s really a slap in the face to women that blog and have built some really nice, reputable businesses with their blogs. And yes, that is what happened to me.

Bloggers need to step up their game a little bit when it comes to professionalism. When we present ourselves as professionals, others will be less likely to use the term Mommy Blogger. If you are running around with a baby on your hip while meeting with a brand representative, let’s just say; it’s not doing bloggers a favor. This welcomes the term that I cannot stand. If you happen to be meeting with a brand representative of baby supplies, it would probably fly. But, in all reality, professionalism matters.

Bloggy Conference
Bloggy Conference 2013: Photo By Brad Crooks of www.trippingtheglobe.com

The first thing a blogger needs to do is get out of bed in the morning and get dressed! When you dress the part, your productivity level will rise. For some reason, many folks think that bloggers spend all day hanging out in their pajamas while writing away. Well, for successful bloggers, that is simply not the case. The bloggers that are going places are out networking, meeting people face to face, and working on new strategies to move their blogs forward.

Let me introduce you to two young Moms that blog. Debbie shares her passion for food and fitness at Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen, while Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids focuses on all things related to agriculture. They do a wonderful job of incorporating their families into their blogs and I do know they hear the term “Mommy Blogger” on an occasional basis. We need to change that, as these are two great examples of bloggers that are writing great material and inspiring others! Can we call these bloggers business professionals?

If we all, as bloggers, start treating ourselves as professionals others will see us as professionals. If you are a blogger, what do you call yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, because bloggers are the ones in the trenches and growing businesses with their blogs.

 

 

Yes, You Can Rock Facebook And Be A Good Friend

The past several days have been interesting in regards to Facebook. Several of my personal Facebook Friends have been sharing their annoyances and I thought I would share them with you. The really interesting thing, is the fact that they, themselves, are a big offender of what they are complaining about. So, I thought I would share information on how you can rock Facebook and still have friends.

Do Not Be A Chronic Complainer

Yes, I understand it has been a long, cold Winter and I too have complained. The middle of March is here, let’s move forward and forget about how cold it has been. Sure, I care that you are under the weather, end of statement. That’s where the status update ends. Take care of yourself and get better. This includes taking a break from Facebook. Look back at your last five status updates, were you a chronic complainer? If so, it’s time to re-think how you are using Facebook.

Are You Over Sharing?

Do you like to share a lot of things? Social Media is all about sharing, so you are in a good place. Now look back at your last five status updates, did you share a lot of things in the past hour? If so, it’s time to re-think how you are using Facebook and when you are sharing.

Privacy Is A Good Thing

There are some parts of our lives that are simply not Facebook worthy. It’s OK to not share every single minute of your life online.  Maybe your spouse has recently lost his/her job, and depending on the circumstances it may or may not be Facebook worthy. And if you are heading out to the grocery store, pharmacy, school;  and other places, it’s not necessary to share every single place you arrive throughout the day. Some people enjoy checking in on Four Square and if that’s your thing, but all means, indulge. Just remember, privacy is a good thing.

Facebook is a wonderful place to stay connected and share with other people. I can tell you this, that I no longer follow the pages of several of my friends that are chronic complainers, as I booted their status updates to the curb. I want to be a supportive Facebook friend and I want it to be in a positive environment. That’s the cool thing about Facebook, we can unfollow their page without unfriending them by clicking on the button right next to the friends icon.

So, tell me do you rock Facebook and are you a good friend? I have no doubt that all of you are rocking Facebook and are awesome friends! We all sometimes just need to take a look into if we are using Facebook the way we should be. It’s all about making connections and supporting one another through a status update or two, that’s what I love about Facebook!

 

 

 

Welcome To Social Connections, LLC

I am so excited to be here and cannot wait to share all things Social Media with all of you. Social Media continues to impact each of us on a daily basis and I hope to make things a little easier for all of you.

My journey in Social Media has been a fun one and I know the future will be just as exciting as the past five years have been. I have been blessed with many awesome clients and each day I am introduced to more awesome folks! I am so lucky to be able to say, “I Love My Job!”

2014 looks to be a busy year for me. One of the things I am most proud of as we head into 2014, is the quick growth that our local Social Media Breakfast Club has experienced. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Social Media and see how it can positively impact the lives of many. I am firm believer that it all boils down to education. The more we know, the better off we all are when it comes to Social Media.

So, on that note, I’m excited to be here and look forward to working with many of you in the coming months.