Social Networking sites are where a lot of our children spend nearly all of their computer time.
Instant links to family and friends are typically found here. They are also links to others on the web that you may not want visiting with your child. Being a parent means being responsible for who your child is corresponding with on these sites and the conversations that occur.
Keeping up with your children on the computer is just as important as knowing where your child is when you send them out to play. As a parent, you need to make certain that your understanding of technology is enough to keep up with your children and their use of the internet. You do not necessarily have to become an expert. However, learn the basics to stay on top of what they are doing.
Communication is the key to safety on the web. Explain why you are on your guard about their computer connections with others and they should also buy into the notion. Ground rules about computer use and any punishment for misuse tied to misuse discussed immediately.
Place your family computer in the living room, dining room or other place where the screen is visible to an audience. With the computer screen visible to others, you can see a conversation or picture on a social networking site. In addition, if the computer user knows their content has an audience, they are likely not to do unacceptable actions.
Check your child’s computer correspondence personally. When they are online, walk up and read the correspondence back and forth between them and other online users. Is it proper? If the content is something you do not understand, ask your child to interpret. If the content is inappropriate, act immediately.
Many social networking sites have an age need for membership. Find out what the age requirements are for social networks your children use. Is your child's age in these guidelines? If they are not old enough, cancel their membership.
Your goal is prevention of a cyber-relationship between your child and an adult predator. Make certain any online relationship with your child is between the child and someone they know. Social networking sites are where a lot of child predators are trolling for unsupervised children on the computer.
If inappropriate behavior between your under aged child and an adult did occur, contact your local police authorities to decide what to do to handle the situation. If the inappropriate behavior is between two teenagers or children, deal with the situation individually.
Do not have the open communications shut down without saving the content. Save in some format on your computer or even print the information.
Social Networking sites unfortunately are ideal places for inappropriate behavior to take place for children. Not only are they subjected to child sexual predator access, there is bullying, pictures of teenagers with inappropriate forms of dress and other behavior that you would not like your child to take part in. The sites watch their members, but because of the volume of correspondence its difficult many times to catch everyone that isn’t behaving appropriately.
Deal with each situation individually and make certain there is a punishment if your child is the culprit of the wrong behavior. Continue to check their computer use of social networking sites continually while they are a member.