Teens adore social media and create accounts on many sites without limiting themselves to the Facebook or Twitter only. Around 80% of teens have at least one account on the social media and this number is about to grow. And one of the main perils today is that teens tend to share more information about themselves than they expect.
Of course, the social media has many advantages and is instrumental in many educational and entertaining affairs. Still, the expansion of the social media also created new risks and dangers that cannot be neglected. Cyberbullying, oversharing and online predators turn the social media into dangerous place, so parents have to put in big licks to protect their children.
Another problem is that today many teens know much more about the social media than their parents, so the process of monitoring their activities may be ineffective. Still there are ways to learn the social media in detail and secure your kids – following the experts’ tips you will be able to do so.
- Get acquainted with the social media. Take a look at different social media platforms and create an account where your kid has one. Sometimes asking the child to help you to create an account may be a good idea – and do not forget to befriend your kid. Take into consideration that every platform has its own risks – do not mess up Instagram with Twitter. Here are the most popular social media platform: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whisper, Snapchat, Secret, Vine, Tumblr and YouTube.
- In the most cases it is forbidden to create an account for children under 13, so if your kid is younger, do not let him make the one. Inform kids when they will be allowed to do so, otherwise, kids will be provoked to create fake account and keep it in secret.
- Explain why you take their usage of the social media so seriously. Tell kids about dangers and consequences of misuse of the social media as they often do not even realize the possible perils. Every sharing, comment or photo can have a negative impact, so it is crucial to teach kids that every sharing should be considered twice.
- Make sure that you have an access to the kid’s computer – place it in the open location.
- Develop house rules about using the social media, discuss it with children and stick to them.
- Make sure that privacy settings are set up and protect your children.