Social media can be a good tool for kids to learn social and people skills. However, it can be a potentially dangerous world for children. Parents and care givers can formulate effective strategies to protect children’s vulnerability. Below are several ways they can ensure their kids’ online safety.
Since parents are responsible for their children’s internet devices, they should have total control over them. The parents must always know who their children follow on all social media platforms.
A good way to do this is by following and friend requesting their kids. This can give them a vantage point to monitor their kid’s online activities. Moreover, it is better when the parents have all their passwords.
Smart parents will personally open their kids’ social media accounts on their behalf. This ensures the information provided cannot be a potential source of harm to the children. They should opt for private profiles.
Personal information such as addresses, daycare centers or school a child attends should ideally not be present on social media. Additionally, they can teach their children on the dangers of sharing information to the open world from an early age. This can ensure the children also cultivate the habit of confidentiality.
Proper social media childcare also extends to the parents profiles. There has been a rise of cases of children being abducted from preschool or daycare centers. This can be attributed to parents posting too much information including regular photos and updates of their kids’ daily activities. With this information individuals can easily trace the online bread crumbs to pinpoint where a kid is at certain times. Additionally, parents should make sure children in daycare are picked up only by known family members.
Before any child sets up any social media account, established regulations should be in place that will ensure their safety. Most importantly, kids who do not meet the requested age limits of respective mediums should never be allowed to enroll. Any online interaction can be done using the parents’ accounts under supervision.
Setting rules allows kids to have a chance to learn on safe social media use. Additionally, a parent can dictate that all passwords be known to them. This enables easier supervision of their activities. It should be mandatory for the kids to not accept any request from people they don’t know personally. Moreover, kids' information should not be shared by their friends without their approval.
Social media is constantly changing and new trends pop up all the time. Care givers cannot keep children safe if they aren’t conversant with current events such as online bullying. Kids today are a smarter lot and will find ways around rules and supervision.
It is not uncommon to find preschool kids on Face book yet the minimum accepted age is 13 years. Parents must always consult with other parents on working formulas that foster social media safety. They must know and utilize the parameters set by social media websites regarding online child safety.
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