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Parents say to us, all the time, there is no way that I am letting my child online using her real name. Why on earth would I do that, parents say. Even if the group is private, people post things beyond the private group. So my kid will be using a fake name, that's that. Why on
Social media accounts ought to be private, which needs to regularly checked and verified. When kids use real name and photos, they behave better online that's a fact. The Police and Facebook agree real names and photos make children posting on Snapchat and TokTok more cautious.
Real Name, Real Photos and Privacy (called 'My Friends only' in Snapchat) is a This creates a circle of trust where kids don't abuse each other because their accounts are real, not fake. It's called 'social media not 'bully' media, and it should be honest, real, not fake. Many parents disagree strongly here, saying to keep my kid safe, I want you to use a fake name to keep their kids safe. We disagree equally strongly.
If your kids misbehave online, it will your door that they knock on and you the parents they speak with too.
Who said kids & teenagers phone is private. They are not.
Time for parents to do as they always did. So lets take back control for the two best reasons in the world. Firstly mum knows best, and secondly because I said so!
Here is why the Police think displaying real name and photos is important. Facebook agree
Graham reads sections on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and a short true story about a young girl struggling with why her boyfriend uploaded a video of them to a porn site.
Many parents disagree strongly here, saying they want to keep their kid's safe, and will only allow their kids on social media if they use a fake name. Remember kids under 13 are not meant to be using social media. Kids should trust and not fear social media. Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram need to be a circle of trust, not a bush to hide behind disguising your identity to free you to be mean to others.
We think that kids ought, children ought to be encouraged in the classroom to follow this approach. It is not perfect, but it is what we have.
Your kids might say, trust me, mum, I know what I am doing, but no they don't know, they are just doing the same as their friends. Real Name, Real Photos and Privacy setting switched to 'Private', 'My Friends Only'. Friends, not followers, that what we want. Challenge your kids to explain the difference between Friends and Followers.
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