We’ve always said that all screen time is not created equal! And on this week’s Out-Tech Your Kids podcast, we’re talking about the benefits of social media for kids.

Social media tends to get a bad rap — let alone specific channels like TikTok or Snapchat — but it also does a lot of fantastic things for kids and teens. At least when used responsibly.

Take a quick listen (just 15 minutes!) and learn about the positive side of social media, all proven by research. These points may even help you rethink your own ideas about your kids’ time on social channels, and our hope is it will  alsohelp you talk to your kids and guide them to make the best, most productive, most responsible choices. Even and especially when you’re not there, standing over their shoulders.

Take a listen right now!


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A few things we mention on this week’s episode and related links:

Interview with Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood, Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

Kristen’s FB Live book club discussion about The New Childhood

5 ways you can be a more tech-positive parent

Out-Tech Your Kids Ep 3: How to teach kids to be good commenters

Claire Cane Miller’s NY Times article: How To Be More Empathetic

About The Will & Grace Effect

Kids and activism: 10 smart ways kids are putting their passions to good use.

Common Sense Media research and Pew Research Center studies about kids, online relationships and social media,


About our sponsor

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