Managing social media: New guidelines released for parents

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - It seems like Facebook and Twitter are all around us, but is there a limit parents should set for their kids?

A report out this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should limit their kid’s access to Facebook, Twitter or other entertainment sites to two hours a day.

The report says unlimited access to the internet has been linked with violence, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems. But teens we talked to say staying connected online isn’t all bad.

“I mainly use it to keep up on YouTube and funny videos, nothing big. Mainly I just use internet websites for school work,” Dylan Harrison said.

Stacks of paperwork and a research paper brought Harrison to the library in Eau Claire to get work done

“I came to basically finish my paper here. I had to go up and look up a bunch of websites to cite in my paper,” Harrison explained.

Dillon says this trip to the library was for school work, but he said his time spent behind a computer screen isn’t always educational.

“If you're on it a while time can get away from you if you’re looking at random stuff,” he added.

“I would say when kids come in with their family they are not only wanting to come in and get books but also to use the computers,” L.E. Phillips Librarian Jill Patchin said.

The Eau Claire library says kids use the computers for several things but it’s up to the parents to monitor what they are doing online.

“As with anything, moderation is good and I think that it’s really up to the parent and child to decide what their guidelines are going to be for internet access,” Patchin said.

“You do need to have guidelines for your kids you should talk to them about what they should and shouldn't be doing online how much information they are putting online,” Brian Hahn said.

Hahn, who owns Go Social Experts, says kids are accessing social media from multiple devices, and setting guidelines is important. But he says it’s important for parents to recognize that social media has become part of daily interaction.

“It's the way the world is going you’re going to stay connected with people in different parts of the country,” Hahn said.

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