If your children are on social media, you want to make sure they know the general safety rules and practices. With school beginning, it’s essential that kids know these rules especially with online predators, cyberbullying, and making new friends. Besides the following safety tips, parents can always use monitoring software to track their child’s social media activities.
Here is our list of the top 5 social media safety tips that ALL children should know!
Only Friend/Follow Those You Know
If you don’t know the person, don’t follow them or accept their friend request. ONLY follow and friend people that you know. So, for children, friending their classmates on Facebook is fine to do. People children should NEVER friend on social media include strangers and school teachers. It’s inappropriate and dangerous for young students to friend teachers online as it could lead to sexual situations and stalking. To be safe, it’s always good to know who your child’s teacher is by conducting a background search. By parents monitoring their child’s social accounts, they can make sure they’re friending people they know.
Post Appropriate Content
It’s important children know what they should and shouldn’t post on social media. In general, it’s important to teach children NOT to post content their parent wouldn’t want to see such as explicit content and drinking alcohol. This type of content could later affect them when they are trying to get a job or attend college. A parent can easily monitor a child’s posts by friending/following them, having access to their accounts, or using cell phone monitoring software.
Don’t Click On Suspicious Links
There are plenty of links posted on social media, even on reputable pages, that one should not click on. If the title of a post and link, and the URL address look suspicious in any way, don’t click on it. It could be a trap set by hackers to steal a device’s data making you a cyber victim.
Make Your Accounts Private
For ALL social media accounts, it’s important that children set them on private mode. This helps protect a child’s information such as where they live and posts from being available to the public. By setting an account on private mode, the only people who can see a user’s info are their friends. This is an extra layer of protection, especially for children just starting out on social media.
Don’t Spend 24/7 On Social Media
Lastly, it’s important that children know that it is not good to be on social media 24/7. Besides the chance of cyberbullying, there are a number of health and physiological effects of spending too much time on social media. For example, it was found in a recent study that social media use in young children could lead to depression. A cause of social media addiction is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). This is the fear that when someone isn’t on social media, they are missing out on something important. Constant social media and cell phone use could lead to other health problems such as eye deterioration and carpal tunnel syndrome.
These are 5 social media safety tips that any child entering the social media world should be taught. For parents, it is always best to be as cautious as possible when this occurs. The easiest way is to teach your child these tips and use monitoring software on their cell phone.
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