Why Being A Social Media Dad Is Good For My Children
It’s hard to successfully explain to people what social media really is and why I spend so much time doing it, studying it and thinking about it. My passion for social media is only rivaled by my love for my family and friends. While there is always difficulty striking a balance between one’s professional and personal life, my children will always come first. But being involved in social media puts them there.
Bear with me.
Being a social media dad will have long-lasting, positive effects on my son and soon-to-arrive daughter. (We’re due May 6, but may even have her by the time you read this.) I believe this because the essence of social media – how to behave, how to enjoy and how to succeed – revolves around the core values we all want to teach our children:
1. Be honest
2. Be kind
In a lot of ways what we as social media thinkers and counselors are trying to teach the world – whether it be businesses, brands, marketers or just mom and dad – is that to thrive on the social web you just have to be a good person. Honesty, transparency, honor, humility and kindness make people and organizations social media savvy. We are teaching others to have respect for self and others, to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do and to share and be selfless when it comes to the community.
My wife had a pre-labor scare last week and was hospitalized for monitoring. That morning, I filed a Twitter entry briefly explaining the situation and asking for happy thoughts. When I arrived home that night to put Grant to bed while Nancy slept at the local hospital, I discovered over 80 replies and direct messages from my social media community of friends wishing us well, praying for her and the baby and offering their assistance should I need it. I don’t cry much, but I did that night. And not because of the uncertainty of the well-being of my wife or daughter, but because I was blessed to have an army of friends to offer up whatever needs to be in dire circumstance.
These are the results of social media. Conversation makes us human and leads to community, which makes us whole.
All of the aforementioned qualities are life lessons I want to teach my children. Fortunately for me, what I do everyday reinforces them.
I am a social media dad. My children will reap the benefits of that in multitudes of ways.
Since this post was written, Jason and his wife, Nancy, have since given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Katie! Congratulations to the Falls family!
You can follow Jason on Twitter here.