4. Beware of Impersonators or Fake Accounts
Commonly dubbed as a “catfish,” some internet users will hide behind a false identity to talk to people online. This is especially dangerous for kids as they may think they’re talking to someone their age and put their trust in them.
While you can warn your kids not talk to strangers, spend time teaching them how to spot fake accounts, as well. Some red flags to look out for include profiles with little to no available content, no profile photo or no mutual friends/followers.
5. Respect Parental Controls
When giving your child internet access, help them understand it should be seen as a privilege. Part of that is understanding what parental controls are and why they’re important for keeping kids safe on the internet.
Depending on how old your child is, they may react to parental controls differently. The younger they are, the less likely they are to resist having parental controls in place. If they’re older and reacting negatively to parental controls, remind them this a safeguard versus something put in place just to restrict them.
6. Make Accounts Private and Know Privacy Settings
Have your kids keep their social media accounts private so they control who gets to see their content. If they are posting about their personal lives (their location, photo updates, texts about their plans), the information should only be shared with people they trust.
Even with accounts kept on private, make sure privacy settings are adjusted accordingly for sites like Facebook to protect personal data and photos.