Talk to your children: You may save their life
As parents, we can’t always be with our children in person to keep them out of harm’s way. However, the messages we share with our kids stay with them and influence them more than we might assume. We gain our children’s trust through open and honest communication with them. Encourage your children to open up with you whenever they’re feeling conflicted about issues related to peer pressure and worrying about not fitting in with their peers. They’re more likely to be open about expressing these concerns if they know you’re expressing genuine care for their well-being rather than judgement or criticism. Encourage them to stop and think about the possible consequences of their actions before rushing into hasty decisions that could have far-reaching implications. It’s better to have a tough or uncomfortable conversation now, than to deal with the devastating effects of a social-media disaster later on.