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Start on a positive footing by asking them to describe the things they like about it. Ask if you can see their profile. Don’t be surprised if your child is reluctant to show you – Kids think of social networking as a parent-free zone where they communicate with friends.
We don't like
Fake proxy accounts, just a bush to hide behind and lob grenages at others. This is why Snapchat is such a problem for so many.
Snapchat - A bush to hide behind for bully's
Don't be too critical of their online experience or habits to date. It’s not always their fault if there is something inappropriate on their profile. When kids make mistakes, use it as a chance to improve behaviour into the future.
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Sometimes a teenager won’t tell a parent about a bad experience they have had online for fear of being disconnected. However, if they feel they can talk about their online habits with you, without judgement, or the threat of being disconnected, it will lead to more honesty in the long run.
Check with your kid to see what privacy settings they have set up on their profiles. We want them to move to 'Private' or 'My Friends Only; in Snapchat. So that only friends can see what they post not everyone on the portal.
Persuading a kid of 10 years of age and over isn't going to be easy, but it's worth every bit of the effort. Kids know this is only common sense. As Mark Twain said, the trouble with common sense, it is not so common.
Also let them know that even with the tightest privacy controls, content posted online can be easily copied and shared with audiences without their consent.
Make TikTok private
It’s a good idea too to talk about your child’s friends list. ‘Friends’ is the catch-all term for any contacts on social networking sites. Teenagers should review their list of online ‘friends’ regularly, so they are sharing their information only with people they trust. This is a hard one, of course teenagers want to popular and not safe. However the evidence is overwhelming and teenagers simply don't believe this to be true.
Facebook who own Instagram, WhatsApp. Facebook and Instagram boss Adam Mosseri want Instagram to be the happiness social media portal when friends can stay safe. Instagram deliberately started thwarting likes being displayed on posts to sop pople 'like hunting' and post more genuinely. They've done the maths on their on their user base & discovered that people who don't know you are five times more likely to bully you.
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. If your daughter has 1000s of followers, she'll be bullied.
Molly Russell, Instagram, Tragic death of a 14 year old girl
Do NOT reply to any unwanted or unsolicited messages. It seems obvious, some scam artists or predators use messages to draw responses from young people and then target them. Make sure your child knows how important it is to ignore them. Drum this into your kids so it is second nature.
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