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Social Media Safety

Does your child inappropriately use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Here are some parenting tips for how to address cyber safety for kids.

  • Tell your child you are going to monitor his or her social media activities, and then do it.
  • Set and use effective consequences for inappropriate behaviors, consider removing your child’s cell phone or computer privileges for a while.
  • Help your kid understand the guidelines for appropriately using electronic communication. These include your parenting guidelines and ones that are set outside your household.
  • Educate yourself about social media.
  • Establish a “blackout” time for all electronic devices.
  • Make sure you have the password or access rights to all of your child’s social media accounts.