Digital parenting isn't for sissies. Nothing's prepared us for Kik, Yik Yak , Vine, Ask.fm, Whisper, Secret, Instagram, Omegle, Tumblr or whatever other social media app lurks in the mind of the barely-adult person who's about to create it.
So, all of you app-makers and future app-makers out there: Parents have a four-letter word for you... HELP.
- Help us get a quick education. We don't have time (patience) to learn how to tell a Snapchat story or tag followers on Instagram. It's just not gonna happen. All we want is a quick 101: How does it work (in language we understand) and what do we need to look out for? And, sorry, but burying this info in a "safety center" deep within an app we don't even know exists doesn't count. We need it in places we frequent, like the grocery store checkout, pediatrician's office or even the DMV. Seriously. If I have to wait in line for two hours to get my 16-year old a driver's license, I would gladly spend five minutes of that time learning how to keep her safe when she's traveling the Info Highway using Instagram or Vine. She's bound to spend more time cruising there anyway.
Plus, this would make digital parenting a whole lot easier.