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8 Social Media Safety Tips

Updated on August 26, 2023
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Kenna has worked with international software companies and learned from the best programmers and coders.

Helping your kids be responsible for their devices means they are safe.
Helping your kids be responsible for their devices means they are safe. | Source

Safety for Kids

Internet safety for kids has everything to do with our lives, from personal computers to mobile apps and laptops. We use an application and are mesmerized by the ease and efficiency of its performance. Share our new app with friends and family, not knowing we share our private lives with the owner. We can stream any television show or movie, all of it at our fingertips.

“If television's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.”

— Dorothy Gambrell, Cat and Girl Volume I
Help kids read and learn safely on the Internet.
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Social Media Platforms

Growing up using device entertainment, Internet safety for our children is needed now more than ever. Social media platforms are the key areas of concern for Internet safety for kids. Now, you can watch videos, listen to music, and chat with the click of a finger. With that, the more children partake in social media, the more they can view inappropriate content and are in danger of being contacted by predators.

“We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.”

— Robert Wilensky

Educate First

Parents need to educate themselves and their children about Internet safety and why it is part of their lives because both focus a great deal of time on social media. The task shouldn't be challenging because there are main Internet safety tips for teens and parents. Even the younger kids should pass an Internet safety quiz. Some websites offer simple solutions with easy-to-understand advice.

Several sites help parents with their kids' social media and Internet activities. Parents must be selective and choose the one they feel comfortable using. Then, families can read the details of each app and see if it helps. Then, families can read the details of each app and see if it helps. Here are eight yet conclusive tips to keep children safe online.

Social Media & Internet Safety Tips

1. Behavior: Communicate about using applications and the Internet with your children, which means taking the time to talk to them about safe online and social media behavior.

2. Trust Your Instincts: Talk to your children about trusting their instincts—and inform you if they sense nervousness or feel uncomfortable about anything regarding safety online or with social media.

3. Don't Reveal Personal Information: Sit down with your children and discuss using instant messaging, chat rooms or online video games that involve a login name. You can help them create a name that doesn't reveal anything about who they are or personal information.

4. "Real World" Private: Discuss with your children how the importance of staying online and in social media consists of keeping their "real world" information private. They never give out their phone number, address, or personal details like their birthdate and where they go to school and hang out.

5. Never Meet Internet Friends in Person: Speak to your children about how to avoid meeting "friends" in person. People who friend kids online or on social media are not who they say they are or seem to be.

6. Copyright Materials: Educate them on capturing illegal copies of other people's work like movies, music, games, and so forth. It is like stealing it from a store.

7. False Information: Show your children some examples of misinformation on the Internet. If it is on the Internet doesn't mean it's true.

8. Ask If You are Not Sure: Urge your children to ask you if they're not sure about being safe online.

More and more school districts follow Internet safety protocols and sharing them with their students and family.

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School District Digital Safety Rules

Another surefire way to know if your children follow online safety precautions is to coordinate with your school district. School districts follow Internet safety rules and share them with students and their families. You can reach out to your administration office and inquire about their Internet safety tips or regulations.

Know Internet Safety Facts

Some excellent suggestions are for not just talking with your children about the Internet and social media safety usage but managing their activities with a security component available at websites.

The Internet and mobile apps offer a great deal of information and plenty of freedom to pick and choose where to get that information.

The key is to choose wisely and be aware of Internet safety facts.

Finally, talk about the eight points more than once or twice with your children. Let them know you are concerned about their social media habits and online activities because you want them to be safe online.

Do Not Share Information

If you want to set the basic Internet safety rules with your kids in a few seconds or as a reminder, tell them do not share photos, post comments that give their name, address, school, and when playing video games, don't let them know who you are. Let your kids know that you are aware they interact online. The risk happens when they go beyond sharing with just friends and family.

The Internet is here to stay and practicing safety now. By following these rules, you are setting up your kids for life.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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