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Parental Intelligence for Social Media

December 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

parental intelligenceParents are often ignorant about some of the dangers that stem from social media. Although many children and teenagers view social media as a fun place to connect with friends, it can be very dangerous depending on what they are doing online. Here are some Parental Intelligence issues that you should think about as your child uses social media websites.

- Think about the future

Social media accounts are not private, even if you select private settings for the accounts. Someone can also find a way to gain access to them. Although your children are still underage, a potential employer or even college may decide to view their social media account. Be careful about what type of information and pictures that they publish because it can cause them issues in the future.

- Watch for cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has becme more common and it can be difficult to detect. This type of harassment will usually take place on Facebook or Twitter in the form of nasty messages and comments. Pay attention to not only what your children are saying, but also what their friends are saying to them.

- Keep them focused

Social media does have some positive benefits, but it can also be very distracting for students. If they spend too much time on it, then it can prevent them from studying and focusing on more important matters. Be sure to only allot them a certain amount of time to spend on these types of activities.

-Protect them from online predators

Sadly, sexual predators are also present on many of these social media websites. Some of them may pose as children and try to lure them into showing up at their house or do to other inappropriate acts.

Social media has both positive and negative aspects. Having lots Parental Intelligence of about social media is one of the best ways to keep your children safe.

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Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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