How will you ensure that your child is using social media appropriately?
- You cannot join any social site; only the parent in the house can activate your account.
- That means, the parent has the password and can access the account at any time. This also means that you have the ability to configure your child’s account in a way that is pirate and only visible to “friends”.
- You cannot friend anyone that you don’t know personally.
- You cannot upload an image or video, post content or comment without approval from an adult in the house.
- This requires work. Depending on how active you allow your children to be, this could consume your day.
- You can post no more that five images/videos in a day.
- What could your children possibly be capturing that’s worth sharing in that many variations?
- Pertaining to images/videos, you cannot take or post a picture/video of anyone who is not fully clothed or is in the bathroom.
- This one shouldn’t be a problem is you’re adhering to rule #3, but sometimes it’s nice to have redundancy.
- Use of social media is only permitted within the hours of 8am and 10pm.
Monitoring Your Children’s Activity:
As your children become active on the various social media sites, it’s important that you monitor their activity and conversations. It’s also important that you, as the parent, are familiar with the various social platforms; this doesn’t mean that you have to be a power user but at least know enough about the platform to understand the implications of using the social tool. I encourage you to create an account on all the social platforms that your children have access to.