Social media is an amazing innovation that allows people from all over the globe to connect and converse. Even though social media is an incredible aspect of most people’s daily lives, children must use it carefully to maintain their safety and their privacy.
Social media abuse can be difficult to spot, and your child may be involved with a predator unknowingly. To keep your child safe online and protect them from the possibility of social media abuse, we recommend the following safety precautions:
- Teach your child to always think about what they post before they post it. Remind your child that once they post something online, it is out there permanently.
- Do not allow your child to add any followers or friends they do not personally know on their social media accounts. Although having tons of friends and followers is fun, this can be dangerous when they are strangers.
- Remind your child to never send inappropriate images or engage in sexual conversations online with peers or strangers.
- Prohibit your child from giving out their address on social media. You should also remind them never to tell anyone what city they live in or the school they attend.
Social media abuse can happen when you least suspect it, so you should always remain diligent and aware as a parent. For more information about keeping your child safe from online predators, or to find out how you can help support our mission to end child abuse, contact us today.