We all know how social media can be an influential tool for people of all ages. Its uses are diverse and its benefits seem to be limitless. For example, while you might be using social media to communicate with your friends and loved ones, did you know that it can be a helpful method to discipline your kids as well? You read that right. Telling your child that you will use Facebook as a last resort to get their attention and get them to behave properly could work to your advantage. After all, they would not want to be caught in a very embarrassing situation on their favorite social media site.
Studies have shown that a lot of kids, even those under the age of 13, are already using Facebook. For parents, this can very well work to your advantage. Doing the following tips may work. But then again, remember that they can back fire, too. These ideas might not be parenting-book-sanctioned tips, but sometimes when raising kids you have to think outside the box and reach out to them at their level.
- If your kids act do not act their age and are showing signs of immaturity, childishness, irresponsibility, tell them that you are going to post an awkward picture of them when they were still an infant and that you are going to caption it with: “How I wish you were still this cute so I can tolerate your childish ways but you’re not, so grow up.”
- If you are saying something and they tend to fall on deaf ears or if they generally do not want to talk to you and listen to what you have to say, tell them that you are instead going to use their Facebook walls to get their attention. Pretty soon, you will get their undivided attention and will immediately respond to you.
- If they leave their bedroom untidy, tell them that you are going to take a picture of their room and share it on their Facebook account so that all their friends can see just how messy their room is. Tell them you’ll be tagging them on a post asking where the proceeds will go after you sell all of their messy stuff.
- If there are chores and household tasks that they continuously neglect doing, utilize Facebook’s feature called Events. They will probably remember it more as they are notified by it.
- If they your kids are having a hard time getting their grades up in school, post links to their Facebook account that will lead them to websites that have study materials. With enough links to the periodic table of elements dominating his news feed, your son won’t even notice Sarah is newly single.
- If your kids have changed and they don’t do things they usually do for you, suddenly you have this parent child gap. You can let her know you’re thinking of her through Facebook. For instance, let your daughter know she was tagged in your gardening photo because you were thinking of her as you planted the rose bush because you two used to do it together.
- In the event that they blame you for not “getting” them, like the pages of their most favorite shows, products, music and photos. But do not overdo it. It’s not ‘cool’ for their friends to know that their parents are also into One Direction.
Doing all these things is relatively easy. For the lucky ones, it may even prove to be effective. Just make sure you have a good phone service provider (more info.) so you can connect to the internet and update your Facebook status in real time.