Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22% of teenagers log onto their favourite social media sites more than 10 times a day. This level of online engagement increases the risks of cyberbullying, “Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), and exposure to inappropriate content.
Following are some of the tips to help you prevent your children from getting addicted to the various social media sites:
No Underage Facebooking –
Did you know that no one under the age of 13 is permitted to join Facebook? However, there is no real way for Facebook to truly enforce it because anyone can lie about their year of birth. You need to make sure that your child stays away from Facebook until 13 and until you are comfortable with him/her having an account.
Check Privacy Settings –
Check that your privacy settings for the Internet and Facebook are set to the strictest levels.
Keep the Computer in a Central Location –
It’s much easier to keep tabs on any online activity when the computer is located in a high-traffic zone than if your child is using a computer in the privacy of her own room. Place the computer in a central location like your living area or family room, so that everything is out in the open and provides you with an opportunity to monitor on a regular basis.
Monitor the Pictures Your Child Posts Online –
In an ideal world, your child would never post a photo of himself/herself online, but that might not be entirely realistic. If he/she wants to share photos with his/her friends via email or a social networking site, be sure you know exactly which pictures are being posted.
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