6 Helpful Tips for Parents of a Social Media Generation

 

  1. Be aware of the signs of cyberbullying and sexting either on social media or via texting.
  2. TALK to kids about safety and ethics, explaining that their behavior should not be any different in person vs online vs texting.
  3. RESTRICT access to sites you know are inappropriate (filtering/monitoring tools)
  4. SUPERVISE their online time as appropriate. Children learn quickly how to get around monitoring filters, so do not rely solely on software to try and keep your child from visiting sites that could place them in harms way.
  5. EDUCATE them about phishing and stalking scams, proper use of cell phone, texting, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. P2P file sharing sites can be particularly dangerous because criminals or even strangers can sometimes gain access to files on your hard drive such as tax returns, bank statements, etc.
  6. FORWARD phishing emails to spam@uce.gov —and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email. You also may want to report phishing email to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at reportphishing@antiphishing.org.

Additional Resources Websites

OnGuardOnline.gov  (practical tips)
Cyberbully411.org  (this is a good kids resources website)
ConnectSafely.org  (this is a good site for educators and parents, it also has a video for setting up FB privacy settings.)
Cyberbullying.us (up-to-date information about Cyberbullying)

 
© 2016 Mark Seguin