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Episode 38: Helping Our Kids Navigate Social Media Safely with Laura Tierney

Brief summary of show:

Do you worry about what your kids are doing online? How do you let them be on social media without wondering if they’re being responsible?

As parents, we worry so much about our kids, and always try and do what we can to make sure they continue to grow into great human beings.

In this episode, we’re talking all about our kids and social media. I talk about this with expert Laura Tierney, who is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, which empowers students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high-character ways.

Within two years, her team’s unique gamified social media curriculum, co-created with over 50,000 students, has been touted as the gold standard in the country. Their positive, student-led approach has been applauded by Melinda Gates on Twitter and featured by The Washington Post, NPR, and USA Today.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • Why it's our responsibility as parents to reframe the conversation around technology with our kids

  • The gift of highlighting the positive side of social media

  • The Seven Standards The Social Institute teaches kids about using social media

  • Which platforms your kids are hanging out on based on their age

  • Two ways parents can change the narrative of social media in their households

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