Try starting with “respectful curiosity”—asking questions in an open way that helps you understand their experience and the role social media plays in their overall wellbeing and life. As well as questions about why they like the app, and who they connect with, these may be helpful questions to ask:
- Do you feel more withdrawn or lonely after you’ve been on a particular app for a long time?
- Do you find yourself more irritable or anxious?
- Once emotions have been explored, you can mutually decide on parameters for usage.
We’ve created a set of tools that can help with managing time spent on Instagram. Below, an explanation of the tools and some tips on making sure your child has a healthy digital diet.