We caught up with Jackie Shuler who is a Parent University Member and mom to talk about her experience with Parent University and keeping her teenage son safe on social media.
Instagram vs Snapchat Age for Teens (from a Parent University Mom) Key Takeaways
- The Parent University videos have great insight. What I really love is that you keep the end in mind. You constantly tell kids that they are building their resume
- I take my children’s phones away periodically. I let them know it’s a privilege having one and they need to be responsible to keep it
- I like to be ahead of where the kids are. Before Parent University, I didn’t feel that way with Instagram and social media
Talk to us about your experience in Parent University.
I joined a week ago. I was browsing and I loved it because there are videos I can watch with my kid. There are parent-child videos and parent videos, to get up to speed. I like to be ahead of where the kids are. I didn’t feel that way with Instagram and all of the other social media networks. My son is asking for Snapchat so I just need to be in the know.
How do you feel about giving your 14 year old access to Snapchat?
Not good. I know you’ve given us some great ways to navigate it and learn about it, but I don’t feel good about the ads that are on it.
What do you think of some of the videos when you are watching them with your kids?
They were awesome. I liked that they were very short because the kids do not like to sit through long videos. We watched about six of them in one sitting. The Parent University videos have great insight. What I really love is that you keep the end in mind. You constantly tell kids that they are building their resume. We watched every single one of your your green, gray, and red zone app videos. It was a great dialogue because I got to know what my kids knew.
The reason why my kids were so into it is because I will not let them get Snapchat until they learn about it. I told them to watch all the videos before we get it. I take their phones away periodically. I let them know it’s a privilege and they need to be responsible to have them.
After watching the videos, what are your plans with Snapchat in the future?
It made me decide not to keep my kids on it. I told my oldest son if he wants to get it, then he can only use it when I’m sitting next to him. He’s been texting a girl and I get to read every single message so I know where it’s going. I think at 14 years old he doesn’t need a private conversation with a girl.
Any other tips for parents that are going through this frustration?
Just keep watching the videos. I have to keep up with it more than I would so it’s nice that you’re doing all that work and all I have to do is watch a video.
If I see that my kids are hiding something, I tell them if they are open to me, they can keep their phone and I don’t have to put it away.
How do you feel being part of the Parent University?
I feel so much better about navigating and helping them to navigate through this. It is not an easy world for kids these days.
I don’t have so much anxiety about social media anymore. I feel taken care of as far as my kids go and I feel like I can say yes more to them. Not for Snapchat right now, but maybe down the road. I love what you’re doing, I think it’s awesome and you know another thing I wanted to say. This is what I tell other people, your slogan, “Light Bright and Polite”, it’s amazing.