7 Easy Tips for Teaching Social Media

 

Your kids are experts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Today’s youth also enjoy posting videos on YouTube.

Below you can find some thoughts about teaching social media and how to allow kids to safely use online social media.

  • Kids are supposed to be thirteen before they can sign up for a Facebook account. Stick with that guideline and register for Facebook with your child when they are thirteen or an age you deem appropriate. Talk with your child about not “friending” people they don’t know and to never reveal private information or meet someone they don’t know in real life.

  • Facebook privacy settings have recently been revised, so make sure you find out the best settings for your child. Search your child’s name occasionally to see if they have set up other accounts. The best approach seems to be teaching social media and staying involved with your kids as they use social media instead of completely restricting it.
  • Encourage your child to set a Facebook page for their poetry, or a blog. By keeping tabs on internet use and teaching responsible online behavior, you will be protecting your child to the best of your ability.
  • Parents must really be careful about kids using YouTube’s site. Parents teaching social media can perform video searches and create a membership page with appropriate videos. Kids can post videos, but parents should monitor the comments because they can be profane. Parents can check out browser add-ons that keep kids away from obscene videos, but these may not be foolproof.
  • Research shows that kids and teens seem to prefer Facebook to Twitter. Twitter allows users to post their status in short bursts. This can be dangerous for kids as stalkers can see where you may be located. Twitter also has no filters for profane language.
  • Teaching social media can be fun for kids, with supervision. For young authors, a blog may be the best way to share poetry or short stories. Friends and family can leave comments. Facebook can be used in this way also, but a blog could be more controlled as far as privacy settings.
  • Teachers can set up a classroom blog or Facebook page. When teaching social media, kids learn proper online etiquette and it allows kids to experience the fun of online writing. Kids and young teens are going to use social media; parents and teachers must find ways to work with kids on these issues.
 

Comments

  1. says

    Hello Patricia, your post is very needful to the current world stage. Social Media having both boon & curse. It is the responsibility of the parents to keep aware of their children about the do’s and dont’s with social media.
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  2. admin says

    Yes, along with the positive about social media we also must be careful and make sure that kids are aware of the dangers. I agree it is the responsibility of the parents to supervise children when on the Internet. I also feel the schools must take part in creating appropriate curriculum and exciting lesson plans!

  3. Michelle Ong says

    Awesome tips! I have an 8 yr old kid and I am hesitant to introduce facebook to him. He kept on asking me to create an account for him. I know I’m getting old and I myself don’t have a facebook account. But after reading this post I change my mind. I will give it a try and try to learn it first then I will introduce it to my kid.

  4. admin says

    You bring up an excellent point. Many parents are not familiar with social media and then find it difficult to support their kids in an appropriate way. Yes, you should get a facebook account, learn how to use it and then model positive practices with your child. Good luck! Let us know if you need more guidance.

  5. Beverly says

    Hi, I was wondering, what will be the right age for a parent to teach social media? I just want to be prepared just in case they will ask me.

  6. admin says

    All children are different and only a parent can determine the best age for their child to get involved in social media. Here are two things to consider – the maturity level of your child and the availability of the parent to supervise the child. However, you can at any age start teaching the child about the positive benefits of social media. This starts with parents modeling good social media practices so that the child can learn from the parent. Then start with small amounts of time on the internet along with the parent and take it from there. Remember baby steps are best!

  7. Dayna Gibbs-Bowser says

    This was another informative site, it explained the benefits and ways to have a positive interaction with young children being exposed to Facebook and Twitter.

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