Most teens use some form of social media and have a profile on a social networking site. Many visit these sites every day.

There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don’t always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems.

So it’s important to talk with your kids about how to use social media wisely.

What’s Good About Social Media
Social media can help kids:

stay connected with friends and family
volunteer or get involved with a campaign, nonprofit, or charity
enhance their creativity by sharing ideas, music, and art
meet and interact with others who share similar interests
communicate with educators and fellow students
What’s Bad About Social Media
The flipside is that social media can be a hub for things like cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should.

Most teens:

post photos of themselves online or use their real names on their profiles
reveal their birthdates and interests
post their school name and the town where they live

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