Younger siblings "friending" their sibling's friends

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When social networking sites become even more tricky, is when you have two children, an older one and a younger one. Your older one is on a social networking site and your younger wants to go in. Also what could be tricky is your child is friends with a friend who is their age, who has an older child, and that child is on social networking sites. Your child will want to go on social networking sites if they've got an older child, and you have to make the decision if you're going to allow them or not. One firm rule you should have is if you do allow - let's say you have a 10 year old and your 13 year old is on, if you decide to allow your child to go on, or have some sort of social networking privileges, is you cannot "friend" anyone older than you. The problem is if they "friend" someone older than them, they have exposure to all the social content that may not be appropriate for them, so you really want to make sure that they are only interacting with kids their age.

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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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