Anne Collier is the founder and executive director of The Net Safety Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization that creates social media helplines for U.S. schools. Collier is an expert on digital and social media safety and serves on the safety advisory board of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Yubo. She’s also worked with Google on its ‘Be Internet Awesome’ curriculum.
On her website, Collier challenges the fearful, distrusting way most parents regard their child’s social media use. The digital part of a social life is just a part of their social life, not a separate entity, she writes in a recent blog post. Parents should approach conversations about the digital social lives as social-emotional learning, she argues: “what they need and deserve most is good communication with respect and plenty of open-hearted listening on the adults’ part.”