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Fostering Parenthood

Q&A Special: Social media & online safety

Featuring Jennifer

We’re diving into an incredibly important topic in today’s day and age – Navigating social media and other internet technologies, with a special emphasis on fostering digital safety for our foster youth.

We’ll be discussing the legal rights of youth in foster care regarding internet access, the importance of fostering digital education and empowerment, and providing tips and resources to help you through this journey. 

This episode will center caregiver and youth empowerment by providing tips on, having transparent conversations about social media, setting boundaries, and differentiating between healthy and potentially dangerous online engagements.

Additionally, we’ll answer the questions you sent in about safe social media practices like the pros and cons of delaying social media usage for kids, how to define what constitutes social media, and how to navigate age-appropriate content online.

Dorothy Daniels Hi, I’m Dorothy Daniels, I’m a pediatric nurse, a sexual health educator, a mom of 12, and a foster parent just like you. When I became a foster parent, I realized that caregivers oftentimes got overlooked with support, resources, and help during this journey because most things focused on the kids. Fostering Parenthood is that support for caregivers.

Jennifer Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Youth Law Center and a former foster youth.

Fostering Parenthood is a podcast by caregivers for caregivers promoting the healthy sexual development of foster youth, brought to you by the National Center for Youth Law and the Reproductive Health Equity Project. The laws and policies discussed in our show are specific to LA County and California. However, any out-of-state or international listeners should check the regulations specific to their state or country.

Episode Resources ​

Quality Parenting Initiative and California Youth Connection’s Video here

Youth Perspectives on Tech for Resource Parents here

Prudent Parenting Standard here

Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) here

Quality Parenting Initiative and California Youth Connection’s tips for Resource Parents and Tech here

Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab Family Digital Wellness Guide here

Center for Parent and Teen Communication: Teens, Tech + Mental Health here

  • What are the real pros and cons of waiting to let kids be on social media? (44:39)

  • What do you consider social media? (57:34)

  • How to talk to your youth about social media (1:04:12)

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Fostering Parenthood is fully supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Population Affairs.

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