A Parent’s Guide to Social Media
- They get used to lying when signing up to other apps and websites.
- They may get friend requests from older children.
- They will get friend requests from adults.
- They will see adverts targeted at adults.
- They will see content for 18+
- Children safety settings will not work.
What you can do to help keep your child safe online
- Do not allow your child to sign up to any social media accounts for which they are under age. Your child will be much safer online and is much less likely to see any inappropriate content.
- If your child has a social media account, if you follow them, you will be able to see the content they put out and engage with. You will also be better equipped in helping to guide them.
- Discuss the positive and negative elements of social media and always remind them to think before they share.
- Regularly discuss with your child the importance of letting you know who they are connecting with and not to purchase anything online without gaining your permission first.
- Regularly remind your child they should only connect online with friends and family they know in the physical world and not to accept ‘friend play request’ from strangers.
- Always let your child know that they should always say if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable and to never arrange to meet someone who they have met online.
- Let them know that they do not have to feel as though they have done something wrong, nobody is going to get cross and it is not their fault.
- If you are concerned with anything you or your child has seen or asked to do, please call Childline or tell your child’s school.
Always encourage your child to:
They will know how to help.
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