A Common Sense Guide For Parent’s On Social Networking

A Common Sense Guide For Parent’s On Social Networking

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“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”

It’s a valid question, but these days it comes with a twist:

Do you know where your kids are-and who they’re talking to online?

Social networking sites are the coolest “meet market” around, especially among teens and 20-somethings. Most of these sites allow and encourage people to exchange information about themselves in profiles, and use message boards, chat rooms, e-mail and instant messaging to communicate with the world at large. Unfortunately, while social networking sites can increase a person’s circle of friends, they can also increase exposure to people who have less than friendly intentions.

Here’s a few tips for helping your children use these sites safely:

  • Keep the computer in an open area, like the kitchen or family room where you can keep an eye on where your children are going online and what they’re doing.
  • Use the Internet with your kids. Be open to learning about the technology so you can keep up with them. Look into their favourite sites so you can set sensible guidelines.
  • Talk to them about their online habits. If they use social networking sites, tell them why it’s important to keep their address, phone number, age etc to themselves. Your children should know to be cautious about sharing their identity. Your kids should post only information that you and they are comfortable with everyone seeing and knowing. Just about anyone could see their page, including their teachers, the police, a college lecturer, or even a potential employer.
  • Warn your children about the dangers of flirting with strangers online. Because some people lie online about who they really are, no one ever really knows who they’re dealing with. Tell your children to trust their instincts. If they feel threatened or uncomfortable with someone or something online, they need to tell you and then report it to the police and your Internet service provider. You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim!

 

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