How To Use Social Media To Build A Deeper Relationship With Your Teen

 February 11, 2017

How To Use Social Media To Build A Deeper Relationship With Your Teen



In a skillful way, Amy and Robert integrated their knowledge of the teenage brain with their understanding of the role technology plays in their teen’s life.

Technology Can Be Our Friend

When we find ourselves getting frustrated with our teen’s screen time, it’s normal to express that frustration by lecturing or complaining, but technology can be our friend as parents. As in any healthy relationship, we need to have both boundaries and flexibility regarding technology, and model these for our kids so their developing brains can learn important skills in the world they inhabit.

Acting as your son or daughter’s prefrontal cortex at times may be necessary to make sure they don’t find themselves in trouble online. But talking with your teens about tech involves more than just online safety warnings. Get to the heart of what they enjoy about their online lives and why this is important to them, and continue to be their allies and guides in this realm.




This article was originally published on The Gottman Relationship Blog.Want to learn how to connect with your teen in the age of technology? Subscribe to our Teens and Technology column here.