Today it seems that every child over (and sometimes under!)13 has a profile in the social media. However, with creation of the page in social media kids don’t receive a set of rules of correct behavior in the Internet. So it is parents’ responsibility to explain and protect children from possible dangerous of social media as with certain obvious benefits of social media it is also hunting lands of cyberbullies and online predators.
Here are some tips that will help parents to monitor kids’ activities and secure their browsing through the Internet.
1. Timing is important. It has to be a parent’s decision when to create a kid’s account in social media. There are social media sites that are created fir kids’ special benefit, the others allow account creation for kids thirteen plus. However, there is always a chance that your kid, left without supervision, will not create a false account when he is younger than 13.
2. Adjust privacy setting to the highest level on the PC and on the social media. Select, who can view photos, send messages and add your kids into friend list.
3. Take an advantage of monitoring software. Mind that it is essential to warn children that you are going to keep track and monitor their activities online (unless you want to spoil your relationship).
4. Internet-connected device should be located in an open space at home so parents will have a possibility to see what’s going on there.
5. Establish rules of online behavior. Children should have a clear notion what to do and what is forbidden when they surf the Internet or update social media account. Also it is necessary to determine the amount of time dedicated to the Internet usage and time of the day when online activity is allowed.
6. Explain your children that everything they send to the Internet will stay there forever, so it is crucial to put there only appropriate content.
7. Learn new technologies to keep up with children.
8. Make no bones about online dangers – warn your children about sexual predators, cyberbullies, identity thefts and scammers.
9. Look through the list of kid’s online friends.