Set a time and place
It’s totally reasonable to ban electronics from the dinner table so the family can enjoy each other during mealtime. Remind your child not to be on social media during school hours and limit the amount of tech-time allowed in the evenings. Make sure electronics are shut off way before bedtime to allow time to unwind.
Follow and be friends
Not only will this allow you to keep tabs on your child’s posting habits and activity, but you’ll also be able to observe the friends they’re interacting with. It also allows you to stay up-to-date on things kids are discussing and doing. Talk to your child about avoiding potentially dangerous or inappropriate activities.
Know their passwords
Being friends with your child isn’t enough. There are security features on many social media sites that allow the user to block someone from viewing certain material. If you have the passwords, you have access to all content and security features.
Model appropriate behavior
Set a good example of what appropriate social media behavior looks like. If you and your friends are posting content with cursing, suggestive images, etc., then your child will be more likely to think those practices are okay. Be a role model for online safety and self-representation.
Respect goes both ways
Always be considerate when posting online, especially when it involves someone else. Make sure you get permission before making posting a status of photo of your child or another friend before making it public. Ask they do the same for you. This practice respects privacy and personal boundaries.
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