How do we keep our kids safe on social media is one of the most talked about topics when I meet up with my fellow neighborhood Moms. We’ve been discussing it since our kids were in kindergarten. Sadly, things are not getting any easier. If anything, things are getting harder! There are so many more hidden dangers and secret ways for kids to hide things on their phones.
If you have a teenager or a soon to be teenager, then you know they are all about their phones and social media. Whenever your family decides to allow your kids to have access to phones/social media, it’s important to know some ways to keep everyone safe and stay ahead of the game.
Here are some basic facts about kids and social media.
- Nearly 15 million teens in the U.S. were “social network users,” and nearly two million
children (three to 11 years old) also used social networking websites
- Among teens 12 to 17 years old, 65% have a profile on an online social network
- 84% of teens polled said they have a Facebook profile
- 52% of teens have given out personal information online to someone they don’t know offline,
and one in four (25%) have shared personal photos and/or physical descriptions of themselves
(twice as many girls as boys)
(Taken from Mcafee.com)
As we can all see, technology isn’t going anywhere. We need to be in the know of things around us to keep our children safe. These are some scary facts!! Are you prepared for your kids to be on social media? What are your rules and regulations for them? Here are some ideas.
- Start early talking to your children about social media
- Set some ground rules
- Limit their time allowed online
- Discuss what is appropriate on and offline
Tell them to remember that Nothing is secret when it comes to social media. My kids are still young so luckily we’re not there yet with the phones but we only allow Ipad/laptop use in common areas where we can see. My daughter also has time limits and certain things she can and cannot go to.
What ground rules do you set??? Do you check or monitor their phones? The good news is that there are constantly new apps and ways for parents to stay on top of safety with parental apps and monitoring programs. Here are 2 apps to download and look at to see if they fit your needs:
Protection for Kids, Peace of Minds for Parents
Advantages: Set time limits for usage, block apps and websites (including porn), parents can view browsing history, prevent sexting and cyber-bullying, get a location of child’s phone at all times, see how much they are texting and who they are texting to.
Cost: Varies/They have monthly subscriptions to try or other plans to try depending on a number of devices.
Advantages: Block phone numbers, set restrictions, and limits, monitor text message, and activity, time location tracking, more. You can determine who they can and can’t communicate with, block websites, activity, and more.
Cost: $89 per year
I’m definitely (like many of you Moms) learning as I go with this tricky situation. My oldest is just starting to be at the age where she wants a phone and other devices and I know as her Mom I have to protect her. I want to hear from you and your experience. What are you doing to keep your kids safe on social media?? Let’s band together and help one another with this!