If you have a teenager then you know their social interactions have really reached a peak.
Social media has really become a profound element of daily life in general. Truth is all of these social media applications are accessible by your teen.
It is important to monitor social media for your teenager. Teens are exposed to all kids of dangers among the virtual world and many of them are some that we as parents may not realize. Not only are boundaries essential to protecting your child but as a parent it is a necessity to stay in tune with changes in social media functions as well as going through your child’s phone, tablet, or computer to see what they have been looking at.
Social media and internet access has to be supervised and monitored for the protection of your children against predators and also to ensure they are not being exposed to things that your family does not find suitable. There is an abundance of information available and exposed to children these days than we have ever imagined. We are not labeling our children as being rule breakers but parenting within the technological era we live in.
9 Ways to Monitor Your Teen’s Social Media Access
1. Look through their phones, tablets, and computers regularly. It is not a violation of privacy it is a necessity. The internet and social media are constantly evolving with apps that hide inappropriate pictures and others that control other people’s phones. Be aware of what your teen is viewing and using. Here is a list of acronyms and terms teens are using that you might not be aware of.
2. Acknowledge the child privacy act of social media sites. This includes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter which all have regulations of the age of 13 before an account can be opened. This keeps outsiders from accessing your child’s personal information and of course your child accessing content. So if your child has one of these accounts and you are unaware then chances are their profile contains some false information.
3. Set boundaries for social media accounts. If your child is given the green light to have certain social media accounts then it is important to talk about the information shared. Always maintain a friendship with your child via these websites to see what they are doing and also what their friends are doing. No sharing of address, phone number, etc.
4. Explain that image is not everything. Your child has to understand that what is shared on social media is shared with a lot of people. These are things that create the perspective of the type of person they are and their future.
5. Monitor activity. If activity on social media is limited there could be a secondary account that your child might have under a different name. Lets face it! These days kids are clever.
6. Set access limits. In our house we have limits on the use of technology or devices period. This keeps some restriction for your kiddos and sets healthy limits for them to still participate in family activities.
7. Check your internet privacy settings. Set what is appropriate for who will be accessing the internet and social media. This could mean you have the strict settings at full capacity.
8. Keep computer’s and other devices in a public location. Don’t keep a computer tucked away in a bedroom. This is just asking for your child to push the boundaries of social access and it does not keep things open.
9. Make your kids aware of cyberbullying. This is a real, growing problem for both children and adults. These could be both people they know and people they don’t know. Make your kids aware of things to look for.
Apps and Other Tips:
1. Know what your phone provider has to offer. Most carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, have physical tracking for your child’s phone.
2. My Mobile Watchdog is a great app for parents to monitor their child’s phone. It is easily installed and you can monitor texts and call history, monitor apps, block websites, and even turn off apps all from your device! It also offers a free trial.
3. TeenSafe is another great app for parents with the ability monitor correspondence of your child’s phone including Instagram.
4. Check out other free apps available on your device for monitoring the things you want via your app store.
Do you have a special tip for monitoring your child’s social media and internet access? Share your ideas!
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