Social media and your foster or adopted teens: 4 risks and what you can do

News

0

Teen-w-phone-250This is a great resource from AdoptUSKids regarding the use of social media by foster or adopted teens. The reality is that social media is an increasingly huge part of most teens lives but at this age, good judgement isn’t always a well-developed skill. This holds even more true for kids who have come from difficult starts to life in the foster system or who have experienced traumatic relationships, abuse or neglect prior to adoption. AdoptUSKids lays out the risks and the benefits, as well as some tools for parents to use when thinking through the degree, frequency and type of social media interactions for their teen.

“… for every potential risk of using social media, there’s a potential benefit. Social media can help teens meet and connect with friends, maintain contact with positive influences from the past, stay in touch with birth family when appropriate, participate in support groups, and gain access to information and resources. Social media can also help parents stay connected to teens – and informed about their thoughts, feelings, and activities.

Rather than prohibit social media use, many parents report that it’s easier to help teens use social media effectively and responsibly.”

Additionally, this resource from the Child Welfare Information Gateway also has some really important tips and safeguards for families to consider when working out social media usage with their foster and/or adoptive teens.

20/04/2016 | by News | Categories: Adoption, Adoption News | 0 Comments



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Content created by Creating a Family. And remember, there are no guarantees in adoption or infertility treatment. The information provided or referenced on this website should be used only as part of an overall plan to help educate you about the joys and challenges of adopting a child or dealing with infertility. Although the following seems obvious, our attorney insists that we tell you specifically that the information provided on this site may not be appropriate or applicable to you, and despite our best efforts, it may contain errors or important omissions. You should rely only upon the professionals you employ to assist you directly with your individual circumstances. CREATING A FAMILY DOES NOT WARRANT THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS contained or referenced on this website. CREATING A FAMILY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS or omissions in this information and materials and PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, implied, express or statutory. IN NO EVENT WILL CREATING A FAMILY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or materials, EVEN IF CREATING A FAMILY OR ITS AGENTS ARE NEGLIGENT AND/OR ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.