Sunday, July 28, 2013

Social Media safety vital for Children

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Social Media safety vital for Children

Each day brings developments and growth trends in electronic know-how, including the swift upsurge of social media. This occurrence makes it even more important that grown-ups show youngsters how to be safe. From online chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and many more, it can be very problematic for parentage's that are employed and raising children to keep up-to-date on the latest trends. Many parents are anxious for the protection of their kids using social media. Parents want their children to get the benefits of what the online world has to offer but are often freaked out by the scary stuff out there. It’s even worse particularly for those parents who are not themselves digital natives. It is astonishing how quick children able to dominate the smart devise that is lying around their home. There is always the possibility looming around your head that your Child is just a few clicks away from accessing unsavory and potentially harmful content.

Social networking certainly has its advantages. It strengthens connections with friends and family and encourages participation in community service, collaboration on school projects, and communication with coaches and teammates. It can even help kids who don't quite “fit in” foster their identity and unique social skills. It’s also critical to discuss the issue of household safety with your entire family. Posting statements online about when the entire family will be going out of town for vacation can jeopardize the security and safety of your family and home. The internet is a great tool, whether for educational reasons or entertainment purposes, but in either case consistently talking with kids and having a few guidelines in place can help keep them safe.

So here’s a set of 6 golden rules to help your children enjoy social media in a safe way

1. Photograph Check

According to recent studies children between the ages of 12-15 are spending more time online.
Ask your children to share photos that they wouldn't mind showing you first. Talk to your children in regards to the images they send, the sites and apps they use to share them on and who are they sending them to.

2. Just Inquire

35% children have unsupervised internet and social media facilities they enjoy.
Ask your children about their online friends. Help your children understand that people can create fake identities online and lie about who they are. They should only give out personal information and be “friends” with people they know and trust in the real world

3. Low Profile

80% of children between the ages of 12-15 have an active social media profile in the UK.
Ask your children to set profile settings to private. Since children use social media sites to share just about everything they do, setting their settings to private can help protect them against photos, personal information or even location in the real world ending up on the wrong hands

4. Show Me

46% of parents admit that their children know more about the internet and social media than they do
Ask your child to show the sites they use. Show an interest, take note of the sites your children visit & re-visit them when you’re alone.

5. Don’t Fear

Children 8-11 are more likely than they were in 2011 to watch and download user generated content from the internet.
Ask your child to say if they are worried about something that happened online. By talking to your children about the internet and their favorite sites and risks they might encounter, they are less likely to turn to you if they get into situations online where don’t feel comfortable or see something they don’t want to see.

6. Be a model

If you're constantly on the cell or computer, your tween will want to be, too.
The most powerful way parents can teach kids to police their social media and online habits is to have ongoing dialogue about young people’s actions, risks and consequences so they always understand and internalize these family “rules of the road.” The internet is a HUGE part of our kids’ lives. It’s important for us to know how to help them be safe and confident when navigating the online jungle. Knowing the statistics gets you in the right frame of mind to help your kid’s judge what is safe online and what is not.

Keep that conversation open. It just might save a life.


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