When your child has no "likes" on his posts

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When your child has no "likes" on his posts

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If a child has no friends or 'likes' on their online post, there are several things you should consider; the first thing you should consider is, "Is this really bothering my child?" "Is it something that's bothering me? Or is it something that's bothering my child?" If it really seems like it's something that's bothering your child, then the next thing you should do is look at their offline life. Do they have friends? Are they socially competent? Are they happy in general? The third thing to do is, if this behavior seems related to online, then you really need to examine their online behavior and see if there's something they're doing that they may not be aware of. One thing that they may be doing is posting only about themselves, so kids think, "Oh, they're bragging," so one of the things you can do is look at what they're actually posting. Another thing you can encourage them to do is to actually engage with other kids on their community. They can go and comment on someone else's post, they can do a 'like,' they can be positive and engage with other people, just the way they would offline, so that they can now sort of engage online in the same way.

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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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