I’m a huge Pinterest fan! Recently I wondered how I could share my visual passion with my daughter. She’s been very interested in my “pinning” and several of her friends have their own Boards. I’m not ready to let my 9-year-old navigate social media without me so I decided to find a safe way to use this new social media platform to create an appropriate activity with my daughter (and son).*
First, in case you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, here's their explanation:
"Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes."
If you are considering starting parent-child pinning, here are my suggestions:
- Set a specific time limit with your child - 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes (max!)
- Mom (or Dad) controls the searches — this way you limit inappropriate photos from appearing and popping up. After all, remember that Pinterest is for adults!
- Direct your child to fun categories like places or travel or books — you will be surprised at the incredible conversations you’ll have based on “pin” discoveries.
- Talk to your child and engage your child — don’t do mindless pinning but rather talk about crafts, projects, recipes.
- Use Pinterest to inspire and to give you ideas for non-screen, real-time time activities and projects.
- Quality time is the most important thing. After our family uses the computer it’s outside time or books or another activity. Choosing to do Pinterest means we don’t use other electronics.
- Personally, I think 8 or 9 is the youngest age to do Pinterest with a parent but it’s your choice!
- Because Pinterest is visual (and I’m a visual person), it’s a great way to show my daughter (and son) my personal tastes.
- We check out any repins together. Again, everything is Mom-approved (or Dad).
- More on parental controls: Mom (or Dad) is in charge! Our kids are forbidden to log in without us. Keep your passwords safe.
- The children’s board doesn’t share name or age or any other personal details
- I approve all pins and all photo captions.
Our mom-child Pinterest time is wonderful — it’s relaxing, creative, and has a real D.I.Y feel to it (just like Pinterest). We look at only approved categories that are age appropriate including books, movies, food, flowers, pretty clothing, makeup, trucks, vacation spots and art. Most of all, we have fun.
Find me on Pinterest. Happy Pinning!
*Note that Pinterest's terms of service state: "Any use or access to the Service by anyone under the age of 13 is strictly prohibited."
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