19 Jul Social media do’s and don’ts
#TeamApio recently attended an online presentation by the renowned social media lawyer Emma Sadlier at the Digital Law Company https://www.thedigitallawco.com/. Here is what we learned.
When sharing information you need to understand that if you wouldn’t put it on a billboard, you shouldn’t put it on social media. That goes for everyone, not just your children.
If you want your children to adopt responsible phone behaviour, you need to show them by example. You should also keep talking to your children about social media and the internet and follow these tips.
Social media tips for parents:
- As much as we hate passwords, you will need to have a conversation with your children about the need for passwords and the importance of unique ones;
- Develop a Smartphone contract with your children. You can download a contract from The Digital Law Company: https://www.thedigitallawco.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cell-phone-contract-for-teens.pdf;
- Turn off locations on your child’s phone;
- Install parental control;
- Set ground rules for sharing information;
- Teach them to consider that everyone on the internet is dodgy;
- Activate all privacy settings on social media accounts and do not include dates of birth;
- Install filtering software on your home Wifi and turn the Wifi off at night;
- Install tracking software, Emma Sadlier suggests that Life 360 is a good option https://www.life360.com/intl/;
- Don’t allow your children to take their phones to bed at night. Make a time that all devices will be removed from bedrooms.
- Don’t allow access to social media until high school;
- Learn more about the games, apps and websites that they visit;
- Remember the billboard theory!
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