7. Detecting Spam
Don’t let your kids be vulnerable to spam. Teach them how to detect spam across the internet and make smart decisions.
Make them aware of common scams like pop-ups ads claiming they’ve won a free prize or money and warn against sharing financial information to secure a free item.
8. Deleting Something Doesn’t Erase it Forever
Deleting something erases it from the internet forever, right? Wrong.
Make sure your kids know when they post something to the internet, it has the potential to be saved by another user and posted elsewhere. Whether it be an embarrassing photo or a harsh message, any uploaded content can be up for grabs by other users, usually without the original user’s consent or knowledge.
9. Control Direct Messages
Being able to control your direct messages can come with adjusting privacy settings, but it is an important reminder for kids to restrict who can privately message them.
Change your kids’ privacy settings so they can’t get private messages from people they’re not friends with, do not follow, and those they have not allowed to follow them.
10. Know How to Block and Report on Social Media
Give your kids the ability to protect themselves by teaching them how to block and report on social media.
If they do find themselves getting messages from a stranger, they should know how to block the account and save themselves from further contact. Similarly, if they come across a fake account or spam, they should be able to report the account or posts to prevent future interactions.