The holiday season is upon us! So, how can you use this time to teach your children about using social media safety and responsibly? A number of well-known A-list celebrities are using their Twitter and Facebook accounts in a responsible, even noble, fashion, speaking to the age-old model of celebrities exemplifying themselves as role models.
Celebs like these could go a long way in demonstrating the right way to use the web – and that’s something every parent can be thankful for.
Point out these celebs to your kids and talk about what they say about social media or how they use it. The best way to teach something is by example.
Celebrities On Social Media that can be a good example for your kids:
Mario Lopez keeps it upbeat and supportive on Twitter @MarioLopezExtra
This celeb is still keeping it fresh as the previous host of “X Factor” and the current host of “Extra.” His social media outlet of choice, Twitter, is a wholesome collection of his lifestyle: family pictures, tweets supporting fellow celebs and their accomplishments, and peaks into his fitness life. He’s the ultimate example of keeping it “Light, Bright and Polite” while being in the lime lite.
Ryan Seacrest lives and breathes a positive lifestyle on Twitter @RyanSeacrest
One of the few television show hosts to become pop culture icons, the professional behemoth that is Ryan Seacrest gives inspiration right away on his Twitter account. In his bio is a motivational quote from John Ciardi: “The day will happen whether or not you get up.” His feed is chock full of motivational quotes, funny bits about his personal life, and buzz about his charity, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Looking for a professional superstar (sans the drama) to inspire your kids to dream big and help others? Look no further than Seacrest.
Daniel Radcliffe decides to shy away from social media
Harry Potter recently put all the potions and magic tricks away to reveal a very grounded and somewhat old-fashioned opinion about outlets like Twitter, questioning celebs that use it frequently and beckon for privacy later. While shunning social media doesn’t have to always be the answer, your children can learn from Radcliffe the value of a little thing called personal privacy.
Shakira uses social media to promote education
The belly-dancing Colombian songstress put her talents on display in 2010 when her song “Waka Waka” became a feature at that year’s World Cup. She then used the song to spread a viral message that urged fans to join her worldwide education campaign, underscoring the fact that social media can in fact be used for a good cause.
Key Celebrity Social Media takeaways:
Social media isn’t necessary for all kids. Ask your kids if they think they’d be better off without it, honestly. Maybe they’ll decide it’s better to avoid the drama altogether by not entering the realm of social media.
Support a good cause. If your kid is passionate about supporting something, show them how social media can be a tool to get people aware and involved in whatever they feel strongly about. Shakira and Seacrest both use their Twitters to spread the word about their charities – your kids can do the same for their favorites!
It can be personal, but keep it light and wholesome. Social media can be a great way to keep loved ones updated on your life, but don’t go bad-mouthing people or giving away personal information that could make you unsafe. You can get personal and still have privacy; Mario Lopez gets personal, but he doesn’t get mean or give out too much information.
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