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Channel 2 Action News examined the dangers of social media and young people. Experts say the social media revolution has created a whole new world of communication, and no group has been more affected by this change than young Georgians.

Who are your kids friends with on Facebook or who do they follow on Twitter? If you are not taking an active role in your child’s online presence you are missing out on a chance to protect them from inappropriate content and people.

Take An Active Role, and Do Your Homework

For young people, social media can no longer be dismissed as time wasted or a distraction. Social networks will soon become the core way of life.

  • Parents should guide teens through social network privacy settings. Please do not make assumptions. Make informed and considered choices about privacy.
  • Be a part of the sign-up process. Be the gatekeeper of their social media.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your child for help on the web. This could be a good way to engage your young person and learn from them.

There will always be a technology and culture divide between parents and children. But with a little extra effort, perhaps it doesn’t always have to be so big.

As social media manager for Radio One Atlanta, I am open to helping you with any questions about social media. I’m just a tweet away.

[View the story “Social Media And Your Kids” on Storify]