How to Help Kids Rethink The Sexy Selfie

You just can’t make this stuff up. Who would have thought we’d be spending a chunk of our parenting years helping our kids navigate cyberspace and using terms like “sexy selfie”?

But here we are — awkward moments and all.

We’ve learned a lot in the last several years. One biggie: Traditional parenting tactics don’t always work with digital natives. A tween or teens’ vantage point from the cyber trenches is dramatically different than our teen experience. Teens’ motivations, influences, and reasoning is 180-degrees from where we might assume. Helicopter parenting does little to prepare kids to think critically and move wisely online.

So our task? Seek first to understand our kids’ world. Such is the case with the sexy selfie. You’ve seen the pose: It’s flirty, pouty, and quickly disturbs everything in you as a parent.

Coming across a way-too-mature photo of your child can sting and makes it…

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