More teenagers and children are using social media and it’s becoming a bigger part of their lives. A recent study found that nearly one-quarter of all teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day! That’s why it’s so important that parents help guide children as they enter the social realm. Here are three ways to provide valuable guidance to your children:
Insist they keep their social media profiles private. Keeping social media profiles private is a good way to begin the process of secure online behavior. Why is it important to keep a low-profile? People without the best intentions may check out profiles they have easy access to, befriending those they may see as potential victims of scams or worse. There are many layers of profile security. Check out these tips for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Help them disable location tracking software. Teenagers love to know what’s going on—and where. Many teens post information about where they are, who they are with, and what they are doing. This can be dangerous. Teach your child about the importance of turning off location tracking software that occurs in many social media apps.
Let them know the risks of posting photos. Gone are the days when funny pictures are taken then deleted. Once a photo is on the Internet, it exists forever. The concept of forever isn’t easily grasped by many youth and teens. Even if a photo is deleted, it still exists somewhere, especially if it has been shared on social media.