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Social Media Guidelines to Keep Your Kids Safe


Are your kids on social media? Social media is a popular means for kids and adults alike to communicate and connect. Because of the popularity of social media, your kids could be at risk. As a parent, you can use these social media guidelines to help keep your kids safe on the Internet.


Set Time Restrictions

The more time your kids spend on social media, the more likely it will be that they’re exposed to things you want them to stay away from. This could include anything, from predators to bullying behavior by classmates. In order to keep your kids safe on social media, be sure to set time restrictions so that your kids are on the computer for a minimal amount of time. This will help keep them safe and protected from unnecessary risk.

Know Their Passwords

If you don’t monitor your children’s social media use, then they will be more likely to participate in unsafe social media behavior. As a requirement for having their own social media accounts, make sure that you know your children’s passwords. Use this information to check their social media on a regular basis. This will allow you to monitor their online behavior and will give you time for early interference if you view any unsafe behaviors.

Educate Them

Your children cannot stay safe on social media if they don’t know which red flags to look for. In order to keep your kids safe online, be sure to educate them on the dangers of social media and the Internet. You’ll want your kids to understand how social media can be used by predators and others for nefarious purposes. This knowledge can be used by your kids to help keep them safe online.

Change Privacy Settings

Will the pictures your kids post on Facebook be viewable by the public? Make sure you know the answer to this when it comes to your children’s social media accounts. Before allowing your kids access to their social media accounts, log on and ensure that you’ve enabled the strictest privacy settings allowed. This will help ensure that strangers are not allowed to access your child’s information.

Social media has quickly become a cultural phenomenon that is integrated in your children’s lives. In order to keep your kids safe on their social media accounts, you’ll need to have guidelines in place.

What tips do you have for children on social media?

Annmarie John
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  1. My kids are still too young for Social Media, but I will keep these in mind for when they are older.

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  2. I'm writing something up about this myself. The most important thing I told me son is once you put something out there it's always there somewhere....even if you delete it.

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  3. This topic has come up in our house very recently. My son is 9 and got a tablet for Christmas. The internet can be a very dangerous place for kids. There's a site called Common Sense Media where adults and kids can rate apps, TV shows, movies, games, etc. It's a great resource to keep on hand.

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  4. These are all great tips for parents with kiddos looking to dive into social media! I also routinely engage in sporadic checks of their social networks by logging into their accounts and perusing texts, chats, and friend lists. :) They know this will happen at any given time and so far, it's been harmless and safe socializing.

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  5. One of our rules is that my kids aren't allowed to be friends with adults other than their father and I on Facebook. Much like I choose not to be friends with children on Facebook.

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  6. This is critical. You have NO idea how savvy kids are at hiding things. You better believe hat my poor kids will be watched like a hawk

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  7. These are great - and important - tips. I'm so glad my kids grew up pre-social media. I can't imagine how hard it is for parents to stay on top of all this.

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  8. Great tips! I have a similar post ready for next week :) Great minds think alike :)

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  9. Thank you for this valuable tips on keeping my kids safe on social media.

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  10. My daughter is on social media now that she is 13, it scares me but we restrict a lot of the apps

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  11. I agree with all these tips .. there are so many crazy people out there ... Kids needs to know about their online safety

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  12. Keeping privacy settings correct is important! Facebook is always changing their security settings.

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  13. This is all so important these days! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is a great list. Thankfully, there are security precautions in place but we really have to make sure to use them properly and monitor our kids. Thanks for the tips.

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  15. I completely agree! Unfortunately my family does not and completely undermine me whenever they are around. It's become a huge issues since internet safety is SO important to my husband and I!

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  16. As our daughter is only three, she's not (yet) on social media - we're waiting til she's at least 5 (kidding). These are such great tips!!

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  17. There's so much to learn, and my kids are just getting to that age. Luckily, I work in social media, so I'm hoping to stay a step ahead!

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  18. Great tips! I'm slowly introducing my kids to social media. We started with Instagram, and will move on to Facebook and Twitter eventually.

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  19. While our kid isn't anywhere near the age to be using social media, Hubby and I were talking about this recently and I love all of your tips!

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  20. Great tips. Our kids are not using the internet yet but we will be using these guidelines when they do.

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  21. I do worry about this with my son. Even on the tablet I worry he can access something he shouldnt!

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  22. My daughter is just getting into social media. Ia m very strict with all friends must be approved by me.

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