As children grow and social media is only ever going to increase in our children’s lives some recent information, about how little we as parents already know about our children’s online habits has to be the scariest thing I have read in a while.
As children become more knowable about social media platforms than us we really need to up our game to get to know these platforms inside and out. There are many platforms that I have already found to be scary on initial understanding and for me one of those is snapchat, great I suppose if used the right way, however with more and more online and cyber bullying, platforms like snapchat that have the image, post or comment only visible to a short time means that as parents we are not able to check what is going off in our childs online world.
Come to think of it I had many rather heated discussion with my teen about the fact what while she was online we intermittently checked on her social media accounts … obviously to my teen this was the most horrific thing in the world, however after an incident where school contacted me to tell me there had been a complaint about messages that were sent from my daughter to another that could have been taken as bullying … but it later turned out to both parties were being equally as silly sending silly messages to each other …. I hoped she would understand that these are the reasons we like to keep and eye out on the things that happen on-line.
For me as a parent the lesson I have tried to teach my child regarding internet and social media usage is … if you wouldn’t want me as her mother to see it … don’t write it, don’t post it and certainly don’t send it…. once something is out in cyber space its out there forever with Cached copies, screen shoots and downloads it really can be scary to think something your wrote or posted years ago could just follow you round.
I would love to hear any further hints or tips on how you manage your children’s online time …
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