What is Social Media? This YouTube segment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE gives us a good explanation. Social media, is basically an opportunity to create, connect and communicate with people that share a common interest.
Before we talk about the steps to overcome our fear of the new technology era, let’s explore why the Generation Y (which maybe us) are paranoid about it?
Why are most parents paranoid about Social Media?family:
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1. Lack of knowledge and being ignorant about what social media is.
2. Time Poor – We are all time poor, and wondering whether it is our priority to learn about social media or leave it to our children and hope for the best.
3. Technology moves really fast, parents tend to get overwhelmed with new medium “sprouting” out every corner.
Can you avoid owing a mobile phone or being connected to the internet?
Yes, you can. Take my parents for example, they are in their late 70s and they find that mobile phones and the internet give them more troubles than they would like, such as not knowing which button to press, what to do when something happens to the internet or computer…or how to retrieve voice messages from the mobile phone and much much more. Note that we are talking about a community who is a generation above us.
However for those brave souls who give it a go, will find that despite the challenges, it has given them whole heaps of wonderful experiences as well. I have known grandparents who are online everyday searching for useful information, and communicating with friends and families via Skype or e-mail. Some grandparents now send photos via e-mail or other online platforms…..or learn new languages, explore new places for future visits….and so much more.
How to overcome the fear of Social Media?
- You must want to do it!
- Find the courage! Make an effort to understand what social media is out there. Find the courage to explore and do some research over the internet.
- Connect with fellow parents and have a discussion group about it. Learn about the programs and gadgets that are out there, and understand the benefits of each medium.
- Openly communicate with your children. Once you have established some knowledge of the program or gadget, you would have established some credibility; and you will find you have something in common to talk to your children about.
- Invite your children or spouse to do the research together….whether it is browsing through the internet or visiting a physical store to gather information.
- Attend seminars and classes for adults. Or visit the local libraries for their local classes.