Social media is not all bad for the kids. It can help them connect with each other and it can offer ways to find other persons who share common interests and concerns. Here are the top 10 tips for parents to help their teens to navigate social media.
1. Parents must offer protection to their kids. Some parents prioritize respecting their kids’ online privacy but parenting is not about letting children go through life without any guardrails. When it comes to the internet, parents should bear a serious responsibility to offer rules and guidance.
2. Teenagers can get plenty of content online, but they every time need parents to give them values.
3. There is a universal question that how early should kids use social media? According to law, it is illegal for children under 13 years of the age to have social media accounts but even after this age, it is best to put off social media for as long as possible to your kids.
4. When your children do enter social media, you should have a regular conversation with them, reviewing privacy settings and other rules. It is very important for kids and parents to know with whom they are sharing their information.
5. If you are not familiar with the websites or apps they are using, take the time to get educated on what your teens are doing.
6. When children first open their social network account, they are often motivated to accumulate followers and friends, taking this advantage to be ‘friend’ your children. Monitoring your child’s activity does not mean spy, but teens should know that parents are aware of and care about what they are up to.
7. Kids should not be allowed people whom they do not personally know into their social media networks.
8. Remember, kids should never share account passwords with anyone.
9. Before kids send anything to anyone on social media, encourage them to ask themselves, ‘are they sure they want to send that?’
10. Talk to your children about what they are watching on the internet. Listen attentively and if any problem arises then devise the solution.