What me­dia should I be en­cour­ag­ing my teen to con­sume?

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

Watch­ing news, cur­rent af­fairs and doc­u­men­taries, or read­ing about th­ese sorts of is­sues on­line can pro­vide a good foun­da­tion of po­lit­i­cal and so­cial aware­ness in your teen.

Even so­cial me­dia, for all its crit­i­cism, can help de­velop so­cial skills in a child. Just make sure you keep an eye out for any of the po­ten­tial pit­falls – such as on­line bul­ly­ing and in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent.

This high­lights why it’s im­por­tant to en­cour­age good me­dia be­hav­iour from an early age.

Lastly, there are plenty of peo­ple in the news as well as fic­tional char­ac­ters who can serve as great role mod­els. If your teen is into a show where a char­ac­ter sets a good ex­am­ple in how they han­dle dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, then sup­port them watch­ing it.

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