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Online Safety Tips for Kids

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    Based on Common Sense‘s report, two-thirds of kids join social media by the age of 14. Yet, social media are not entirely safe for children. That’s why major social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter require users to be 13 years old or older. Children can come across safety and health risks on social media, such as inappropriate content and cyber criminals. Kids, however, can avoid these risks by following social media etiquette and rules. Keep on reading to find out what these rules are and how social media etiquette for kids can help your child. 

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    Why Do Kids Need to Follow an Etiquette on Social Media 

    Following social media, etiquette is crucial to keeping kids safe from cyber criminals like sexual predators, cyberbullies, and phishers. Moreover, it sustains kids’ mental and physical health by avoiding screen addiction, humiliation by posting inappropriate posts, coming across inappropriate content, and obsession with a positive social media presence. An etiquette on social media can help children enjoy communicating with friends and family without risking their privacy or disrespecting other users. 

    Risks of social media for kids: 

    • Inappropriate Content 
    • Sex 
    • Violence 
    • Propaganda 
    • Drug Abuse 
    • Disturbing News 
    • Privacy Risks 
    • Stalking 
    • Security Risks 
    • Phishing 
    • Hacking 
    • Safety Risks 
    • Sexual Harassment 
    • Grooming 
    • Cyberbully 
    • Health Risks 
    • Receiving Judgments 
    • Wrong Body Image 
    • Wrong Life Concept 
    • Consumerism 
    • Stress & Anxiety 
    • Screen Time Issues 
    • Screen Addiction 

     

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    13 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette for Children 

    How do I teach my child to use social media responsibly? This is a question many parents ask us. Below we will discuss some crucial social media etiquette principles you can discuss with your kid. These social media safety tips for kids can keep your child safe and sustain their mental and physical health. 

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    Keep Accounts Private 

    As a rule, make sure your child keeps their social media account private. That means no one can see the content they share unless your child accepts their friend/follow request. By doing so, your child can enjoy communicating with their friends and family in a safe environment. 

    Sometimes kids create public accounts to share their creative works with everyone. In that case, you must ensure your child doesn’t share any personal information and is not contacted by dangerous people. 

     

    Don’t Accept Friend Requests from Strangers 

    By default, all social media users can send each other friends or follow requests. By accepting friend requests from strangers, your child risks exposing their private content to people who may abuse them. 

    If the social media platform your child uses offers an option in the privacy settings to block friend requests, use that option to protect your child. Otherwise, instruct your child not to accept friend requests from people they don’t know very well. 

     

    Don’t Share Private Data 

    Messages are hotbeds for phishers to deceive children into divulging information. However, children sometimes share private data in their profiles, which everyone can see. Therefore, instruct your child not to share private data with strangers on social media. This includes names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, or locations. Tell your child to keep sensitive data, such as credit card information or account credentials, private and not share them even with the people they know. 

     

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    Don’t Reply to Scams or Click Scam Links 

    Scams are messages sent to deceive people into divulging private or sensitive information. They sometimes trick users into clicking on links leading to pages that require entering personal information. These messages use various methods to look legit. So, you need to instruct your child not to reply to messages requiring them to disclose any kind of information. 

     

    Don’t Share Private Content with Strangers 

    Not everyone approaches children on social media with good intentions. Predators on social media target children to groom, extort, or sexually abuse them. Pictures and videos your child shares with these people are critical because predators can take advantage of them to harm your child. The best solution is to instruct your kid to avoid replying to messages from strangers as a general rule and not share sensitive information if they have to answer. 

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    Block & Report Intruders 

    Every social media platform has block and report features. To keep social media safe for your child, teach them to block users they find intrusive or want to avoid. If they find users abusive, they can report them to the social media moderators, who will remove their accounts if needed. 

     

    Don’t Follow Inappropriate Accounts 

    Although kids above 13 can use most social media, not everything on these platforms is appropriate for all ages. Some accounts share content with sexual, violent, or propagandistic themes that are not suitable for minors. Although major social media platforms moderate content shared by users, it is still possible to find rather suggestive content. 

     

    Don’t Hurt Others 

    Not seeing a face on social media sometimes makes kids and teens meaner than usual. But they need to know that written words hurt as much as spoken ones. Cyberbullying is as bad as bullying in the real world. What goes around comes back around. If your disrespect someone, you’ll be disrespected. So, for the sake of everyone’s mental health and safety, it is necessary to teach your kid to be respectful towards others on social media. 

     

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    Don’t Post Things that Jeopardise Your Character 

    Children need to know that whatever they post online may stay there forever, even if they remove them from their accounts. So, it’s essential to keep in mind not to post pictures or videos of people in awkward situations or with indecent clothes. Also, it’s necessary not to post offensive or vulgar words in posts’ captions or stories. 

     

    Don’t Judge by Likes 

    Children tend to be sensitive to the number of likes or comments they receive on their posts. They use them to assess their popularity. When they receive just a few likes, they feel neglected or marginal. However, we should remind them that the number of likes on a post alone doesn’t determine the post’s value or the poster’s importance. 

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    Report to Your Parents 

    Teach your child to report to you anytime somebody sends them a suspicious or threatening message, intrudes on or stalks them, or bullies them. Assure your kid that you’re always there to support them. Don’t scold them for their mistakes. This way, they’ll be more willing to open up to you. 

     

    Don’t Hide from Parents 

    It’s common for children to create two accounts, one they share with their parents and one with friends and everyone else. They tend to keep their second accounts secretive, communicating with people or sharing content their parents would disapprove of. So, asking your child not to hide their online activities from you is essential. 

     

    Don’t Overuse Social Media 

    Social media are addictive. Every time users open their accounts, they face endless new posts and stories with multiple themes. Therefore, spending hours liking, commenting, posting, and sharing on social media is natural. 

    Excessive screen time (the time one spends using a smart device with a screen) has harmful effects on children’s health. Too much social media usage can lead to screen addiction and result in underachievement in real life and school. 

     

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    To help your child manage their screen time, you can use Safes parental control app. Using Safes, you can allocate a daily limit for your child to use social media apps. Moreover, if your child is below 13 and therefore shouldn’t use regular social media, you can block social media sites and apps on your child’s phone, tablet, or computer. 

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    Download Safes Kids for Chrombook

    1. Install the Safes Kids app on your Chromebook from Google Play. 
    2. Pair Safes Kids with parent app. Follow the instructions in the app to pair your child’s device with your parent device.  
    3. Add the Safe Kids Chrome extension. Open Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store. 
    4. Navigate to the Manage extensions page. Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select “Extensions”>”Manage Extensions”>”Details”
    5. Turn on “Allow in incognito mode” This will allow the Safe Kids extension to work in incognito mode, which is important if your child uses incognito mode to try to bypass the parental controls.
    6. Select Safes extension and follow on-screen instruction

    Download Safes Kids for Android

    Download the Android Kid’s app directly to get the full features!

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Safe Kids is available on the Google Play Store, but if you download it directly from our website, you will get access to Call and SMS monitoring feature, You can monitor the phone calls of your child’s device, as well as the contacts and messages they have sent and received, including those containing inappropriate content.