Are Your Kids Safely Using Social Media?

How to protect social media-savvy children.

Today’s youngsters are growing up in an age of social media overload. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… social media is everywhere. It can be naïve for parents to think that they can prevent their child from becoming interested in taking to the social media scene, but luckily, there are ways to protect children when using social platforms.

Get familiar with the sites. Take a look at some of the social networking sites yourself to get a feel for what they’re all about. You’ll feel much more comfortable about your child using social media sites if you understand how they work.

Invite open communication. Talk to your child about how they should use social media and the dangers of being online. From accepting friend requests from strangers to posting irrelevant content online (that is never really erased), your child should know the good and the bad about social sites.

Set limits on Internet usage at home. It’s not a good idea for children to spend inordinate amounts of time in front of a screen. Set house rules on how long your child can be scrolling through social media and be sure that they don’t use their phone before bedtime as it could hinder their sleep.

Set up their profile with them. Alongside your child, set up their first profile. This way, you can set the security settings to ensure only child-friendly content, and you can help them to create a strong password.

Ensure they understand what is appropriate content. Always discuss with your child what information is not safe to share online. Personal details such as addresses or mobile phone numbers should never be given out on social networking sites.

We hope that these tips help you and your child feel more confident about using social media sites safely! Rest easy knowing that you have the right insurance policies in place. To ensure that you have quality insurance protection for your finances and assets, contact Sausman Insurance Agency. Our comprehensive policies allow you to know that you’re protected.