Earlier this year, Samsung Mobile conducted a survey focused on family texting habits. The results of the survey claim that text messaging is improving relationships between parents and teens. Not only that, parents are learning something from their teens as a result of use of text messaging to keep in touch with one another. As a wired parent, I regularly use text messaging to quickly stay in touch and keep communication lines open with my text messaging guru teens… do you? One of the biggest challenges we face as parents of teens is communicating with them. We want to be involved in their lives, be good listeners, and help with the many challenges that crop up in the middle and high school years. We want to do all of this while allowing our kids to grow and learn on their own without watching their every move.
Whether you consider yourself a modern Parent or not, by now you’ve heard of YouTube - the ultra-popular video sharing website. YouTube allows users to upload, view, and share video clips on almost any topic you can imagine - you can find how-to videos, music videos, political videos, funny baby videos, and the list goes on and on. So how can you use the user-generated videos of YouTube to connect with your teen? One of the most effective ways to get involved with our teens is to engage in some of the activities they are interested in - spend time with them, listen to them, laugh and explore with them. A great tool to use to connect with today’s youth is YouTube. “YouTube?”, you say… Yes, YouTube, something your kids already know a lot about. Here are 6 great ways that you can use YouTube to spend time with and connect with your kids. Find Old Stand-Up Comedian Videos - Remember Sam Kinison (warning: some of his stuff is pretty racy), Bill Cosby, or Howie Mandel years before his “Deal or No Deal” days? Some of this old stand-up comedy stands the test of time and is just as hilarious today as it was 20 years ago. You’ll find you and your teen laughing at the same jokes and antics as you did when you were their age.