Disclaimer: I am a Verizon Ambassador and I was compensated for this post. As always the thoughts and opinions are my own. #VZWBuzz
With social media being a big part of our lives now it can be a challenge trying to protect our children when they venture online. Being a Verizon Ambassador has helped us stay up to date on the latest ways to help protect our children. Here are a few things we have learned about Social Media Safety for Kids.
Did you know that Facebook has a Family Safety Center? It’s a good place for parents to go before your child gets an account. Facebook has a policy that no one under the age of 13 can open an account. It is also against Facebook terms to lie about your name or age. So don’t get tempted to make your child a profile if they are under 13 “just because their friends have one”. Make sure to let your children know they need to report any abusive or bullying posts to you. Facebook has a way to report those posts. That way they can take the appropriate measures.
Here are a few tips for teens that are on FaceBook:
- Don’t share your password with anyone.
- Only accept friend requests from people you know.
- Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, or employer to see.
- Be authentic. The real you is better than anything you might pretend to be.
Parents also need to be proactive in protecting their children when they are on any kind of social media. You should always have your child’s username and password. FaceBook has privacy settings and you should always check and make sure only the people you want can see your kids posts.
Facebook isn’t the only way for your kid to interact with their friends. Twitter and Instagram are a couple of other ways. The same thing goes with these. You should always talk with your child and make sure they understand what is and isn’t acceptable. On Twitter and Instagram it’s a good idea not to use your child’s name as their screen name. It is also a good idea to turn of the geo-tagging or location that way if their pic is seen by someone that shouldn’t, they will not know your child’s location.
Of course the best way to protect your child when they are on any social media site is to frequently check their posts and their friends list. They may not like it but they will get over it. You can just explain to them that you are not trying to be nosey, you are just trying to protect them.
Social media can be a great way for family members to stay in touch. You should just make sure your child knows the “rules” before they venture out there.