7 Tips for Monitoring Kids’ Social Media Usage
Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day and that 75 percent own cell phones.
This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying, “Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting.
Since most parents do not understand how their children use the internet on the cell phone and laptops some do not even control how this kids visit some website.
Here are 7 tips on how you can check the type of website your children visit on daily base so as to control their Social Media Usage
1. Through the browser which they use to browse, check the history of the Browser they use on the cell phone or laptop this give you the kind of website they have a visiting or have visited within 24hours or even with the past 30days.
2. Check the image folder on their cell phones. This also gives you an idea of which type of website or social media they visit to download images or the kind of group people they chat with.
3. Check privacy settings. check that your privacy settings for the Internet and Facebook are set to the strictest levels. Depending on which browser you are using, you can adjust the settings directly from the options tab and adjust levels around cookies, third party sites and more. This not only protects the computer user, but also the computer from the threat of viruses. Checking your Facebook privacy settings is easy as well.
4.The video, the video folder also tell you the kind of video they have been watching or downloading.
5. Keep the computer in a central location it’s much better 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 family room so that everything is out in the open.
6. Monitor the pictures your child post online. In an ideal world, your child would never post a photo of herself online, but that might not be entirely realistic. If she wants to share photos with her friends via email or a social networking site, be sure you know exactly which pictures are being posted. Make sure the content of the photo is completely innocuous and that no identifiable locales in the background are noticeable.
7. Find someone who can help you check the kid’s cell phone and laptops for you if you can’t do the above and also ensure you have access to the password of your children phone. Most kids password their phone so as not to allow their parents to access them.
Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world too.