Check out Nick Bilton’s New York Times article, Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox. The February 18, 2015 piece shares Bilton’s experience as he considers how much initial access his nephew should have to social media, after the boy asked about signing up for a YouTube account.
The best part of his decision-making process is the author’s metaphor describing the three doors that open to progressively more complicated social media and how each door leads to a more complicated social experience for a younger person. Bilton explains how each door opens to trickier types of social media that allow — or more likely promotes — certain types of negative behavior. He is not against social media access at all, but he has some specific recommendations about child supervision and parent responsibilities.
As a technology columnist for the Times, Nick Bilton has a unique prism through which to view our always-changing digital lives, so his thoughts about privacy, anonymity, commenting, and 21st Century digital parenting responsibilities should be taken seriously. Read the entire article.
You can also check out my blog post Encouraging Kids to Write Polished Comments.