You can’t deny that children are growing up consumed in Social Media, which can both be a positive and a negative. These days are all about connecting, whether you’re a child or an adult, keeping in contact with others, expressing yourself, playing games, or exploring opportunities within the internet interests everyone. On the other hand, it can also be a negative experience through bullying, ill-intention adults, and inappropriate information.
There are applications designed for Kid’s themselves, however apps for adults are easily accessed- even if they’re intended for ages 13 and older. Very young children still have multiple social media accounts.
Rules & Boundaries
A way to keep children safe on the internet and within social media platforms, you must first educate them on what it means to be a good digital citizen. We live in a day and age that we cannot rely on schools, media, and peers to educate our children on internet and/or social media safety.
In order to stay safe with social media, kids need to understand the basics of privacy, boundaries, appropriate sites and interactions, and how much time to spend online. In other words, kids need to be given rules such as, “Never agree to meet someone in person who you’ve only communicated with online,” “Never swear online,” or “Spend no more than one hour per day online.” Rules usually go over better if kids are given the chance to help set them.
Another factor in keeping kids safe with social media is parent participation. You can lead by example and limit your time on social media. You can also help keep your kids safe by not posting numerous photos of them on your own social media pages for all your friends to see. Last but not least, do not be afraid to friend your child on social media! Friend-ing your kids on social media will help you keep an eye out on their profile and friend lists. Interactive parents are good parents, keep your kids protected online.