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7 tips for safely using social media for children and teenagers

7 tips for safely using social media for children and teenagers

The internet is a powerful tool for children and teenagers. It provides them with information, entertainment, and connection to people from all over the world. But it also brings risks.

In this article, we will explore 7 tips for safely using social media for children and teenagers.

1. Set up filtering.– A filter can be set up on a computer or a smartphone that restricts social media to age appropriate sites and apps. There are many types of filters, including web-based parental controls, online content filtering software, and smartphones with built-in filters. Make sure the filter is updated regularly so it blocks out new sites that might be inappropriate for the user. Some filters will not allow access to social media to anyone over a certain age. This can be helpful in preventing children from becoming involved in friend-seeking online communities.

2. Set up an “extra” phone.– Have an extra phone that is set up as the main device and has strict parental controls installed on it. The child should use this phone to access social media, and the parent can use this phone to monitor their activity.

3. Be aware of what your children are doing.– It is important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing on social media, especially if they have a device that has strict parental controls set up or if they have been directed by the child’s teacher or therapist .

4. Be aware of who your children are following.– It is also important for parents to be aware of who their children are following on social media, especially if they have a device that has strict parental controls set up or if they have been directed by the school.

5. Don’t panic if your child is being bullied.– Parents should not panic or overreact if they find out their children are being bullied through social media, but they should have a plan in place to discuss the issue with their child. If bullying continues, parents can contact the school to file a report and request that an intervention be conducted.

6. Encourage siblings to support each other.– When siblings are being bullied online, encourage them to reach out for help and support from family members and friends.

7. Teach children how to stay safe online. – Teach children to practice proper searching, filtering, and cyber-safety habits.

I hope these 7 tips have given you a starting point to think about your children’s online Cyber-Safety and some areas that you can start looking to strengthen to keep your children and teenagers safe.

In our next blog post, we will continue looking at cyber-safety and how we can strengthen our children and teenagers’ digital footprint by looking at password management.