The Challenge of Viral Challenges

Listening to the other person’s perspective is a key ingredient in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach and in today’s digital era, listening to your child can help adults better understand some of the confusing, social pressures kids face online. With the rise of social media where web-based challenges can go viral and reach millions in an instant, children are sometimes confronted with messages and ideas that may have negative behavioral results.

Dr. Ablon, Founder & Director of Think:Kids, a program of the Massachusetts General Hospital, was recently asked by a parent about how to address this modern-day problem that is being shared across many households.  One important point is that a lot can happen on the internet; use these opportunities to listen, create conversation, and find out what your child is feeling and thinking about these situations.

Listen to the conversation: Mix1041 Radio Dr Ablon Weighs in on Internet Challenge

Read on Psychology Today: When-your-8-year-old-asks-you-about-the-momo-challenge