There is a notable concern among parents on how the usage of social media continues to boost every day. Kids of this generation can easily access social media and this brings risks to the kids who barely understand how toxic it can be. Social media content can be harmful to teenagers by putting these kids into a dangerous spiral that affects them in different ways as well as their academics. According to TODAY, parenting experts agree that parents should take a hands-on approach to their child’s social media usage and focus on the positives. There’s research that shows us that social media can aggravate victimization during bullying and confidence and body issue images. We know how Instagram and other social media can be toxic for teens. But it doesnt have to be that way: Think before your child uses social media You should think about what comes with being on social media and if the child is ready. Some teenagers will understand that a filter created flawless skin with hopes of getting the same, but not all will get it. That’s why it’s important for parents to know what their children are seeing and doing on Instagram, at least for the first few years. Focus on creating a positive ‘brand’ When sitting down with children to observe their Instagram usage, parents don’t have to only talk about the negatives. They can use positive posts as examples for their children. Encourage kids to figure out what their personal brand is and what they want to be known for. This is an excellent chance for parents to point out that whatever you post online can define you, forever, and to a really large audience. Talk and supervise your kids Talking to your kids will help you to supervise what they do on social media,especially if they are teenagers. Social media can trick kids and that is why as a parent it is crucial to check all of their social media accounts, says Jane Uwimana, a health and development communication expert. Explain the pros and cons of social media She notes that her 8-year-old daughter has an instagram account but she always makes sure to show her whatever she posts on the child’s account and guide her so that in the future she can use it herself. ”When she becomes older I will have no doubt because I made sure she was close whenever I was using it, she adds.