Letting your children become active on social media can be scary. All over the news you hear stories of cyber bullying, internet predators & kidnappings. However, by following a few simple tips, you can make your child’s social media interactions safe instead of scary.
Have a conversation.
The most important thing parents can do with their child before letting them partake in social media is to have an open & honest conversation about it. Talk to them about the dangers of it & your concerns. An excellent way to start this conversation is by having them sign a social media safety contract. Make sure they realize what goes online, stays online. Make sure that it truly is an open discussion, & not just you lecturing them.
Check privacy settings.
Make sure you check the privacy settings on all social sites & apps. Many of them have settings where you can limit who sees what your child posts. These settings can change, so make sure you go back & check them every few months.
Additionally, make sure you are able to see everything they post on each social media site. Look at their profiles frequently to make sure they aren’t posting anything that could get them in trouble. Parents should also occasionally look at their friend’s profiles as well, to make sure they aren’t talking to strangers.
Learn the technology.
Be aware of all the new apps & sites, even if your child isn’t using them yet. Ask your child to show you how they use the sites & apps they are on. Not only will this help you, but it will provide bonding time with your child. Many kids love teaching their parents stuff!
Set a good example.
Don’t teach your child to do as you say & not as you do. Follow the same rules that you have set for them. Provide a good example.
By following a few simple tips, you can really help your child stay safe online.
Do you have any other tips? List them below in the comments!