Dear Supermom,

I love catching up with my friends through the 14 social media pages I maintain.  But now my kids want to start pages and I don’t know what to do.  How do I keep my kids off social media?  I don’t know, aren’t they too young?

Thank you,

Wary of Networking

sauthor Dear Social Butterfly

As to your last question, I don’t know how old your children are so I will give you my parameters: if they are still breastfeeding, you might want to wait until they are weaned or have full use of the their motor skills.  If they are in college, it’s time to cut the social media cord.

I would love to give you a thoughtful answer on this but I am afraid my children have been active on social media since they could turn on a computer.  They don’t have their own pages, mind you – I have enough to do without having to figure out which superhero is serving as their password this week – I have them maintain my social media pages.  I don’t quite have the hang of how to post things to my wall or board or door or calendar or cereal box or whatever else these sites offer for me to display my life to the world.  I tried to put up some pictures of the kids Halloween costumes for The Mothers and ended up posting my tax returns to my online book club.

So I let the kids manage my social media and it seems to work.  Occasionally I have to find a delicate explanation for some of the photos my college friends’ post; my kids think I went to college with a girl who looked exactly like me but behaved terribly and that I am never in the photos with her because I was, of course, studying and putting my parents’ money to good use.  They think there father was asleep from the ages of 18 to 25 and that Jack Daniels is a Kentucky form of Nyquil.

One warning if you go this route; should you ground your children for using your best tablecloth as a parachute and jumping off the sideboard to test it out, those photos of you when you were suffering from the flu may find their way into ever cyber circle you currently occupy so have a care.



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