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A Guide to Fostering Positive Social Media Etiquette

Social media has undeniably become an integral part of our lives, especially for teenagers who often find themselves navigating its complexities daily. Unfortunately, as much as it can be a platform for connection and inspiration, it can also be a breeding ground for toxicity and negativity. As parents and caring adults, it’s important to help our teens cultivate positive social media practices to ensure their online experiences are enriching rather than damaging.


Here are some key strategies to promote positivity and encouragement on social media.

Pause Before Posting

Before hitting that post button, take a moment to reflect. If what you’re about to share is polarizing or excessively negative, consider stepping away for a while. Give yourself time to cool off and reconsider whether your words will contribute to a constructive conversation or add to the noise.

Spread Kindness

Make a conscious effort to post something kind every day or every week. It could be a compliment, a word of encouragement, or simply sharing something uplifting. By actively seeking opportunities to spread positivity, you not only brighten someone else’s day but also contribute to a more wholesome online environment.

Remember the Human Behind the Screen

It’s easy to forget that there are real people with feelings behind every profile picture and username. Treat others on social media with the same respect and empathy you would in face-to-face interactions. Avoid making hurtful comments or resorting to cyberbullying, as words typed on a screen can have profound effects on someone’s mental well-being.

Exercise the Power to Unfollow

Not every social media interaction will be positive or beneficial.

If you come across content or accounts that consistently bring negativity into your feed, remember that you have the power to unfollow.

It’s okay to curate your online space to prioritize content that aligns with your values and uplifts your spirit. And remember, you don’t owe anyone an explanation for hitting that unfollow button.

Lead by Example

Our teens are constantly observing our behavior, both online and offline, and are likely to emulate what they see.

By practicing and promoting these social media habits ourselves, we demonstrate the importance of fostering a culture of kindness and positivity in our digital communities.

Let’s work together to make social media a place where our teens can thrive, connect authentically, and be inspired to become their best selves. It starts with each of us committing to being a force for good in the digital world.

Also in this episode

How can we get shy or quiet teens to engage and talk?

We have a few ideas.

    1. Group questions where everyone answers.
    2. Find their “thing” that will get them talking.
    3. Specifically ask if they have something to add.
    4. Encourage participation without making them talk.
    5. Connect one-on-one.

Teen Terms Mentioned


Doing something impressively. Similar to “killed it” or “rocked it” for millennials or Gen Xers.

Example: She ate that performance. = She gave a really impressive performance.


Era is commonly used to describe someone’s current interests or priorities.


The term “FR” is an abbreviation for “For Real” or “For Real?”

Main Character Energy

Main Character Energy represents somebody who exudes confidence, charisma, and embodies the essence of being the protagonist in their own life narrative.


Used to describe someone which does something repeatedly or relies on the referenced thing or action.

Example: Julian is a jump shot merchant.

In this episode, we mentioned or used the following resources about teen terms and social media etiquette.

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