Internet safety is an issue that we’re having to explore with children at a younger age now that it is being used everywhere. While it has some great benefits, it’s important to also recognise and protect children from the harmful effects. Privacy, hacking, fake news, and cyberbullying are just a few examples which both children and parents should be aware of. If you’re a parent whose children own smartphones and social media, here’s some advice that we’ve put together to help you.
This post was put together with the help of a prep school in Surrey.
Most social media platforms have age restrictions in place, and they’re designed for users over the age of 13 years old. However, this doesn’t deter children from creating fake profiles which is why it’s important to talk about. It seems cool at first, being able to add and talk to strangers but it’s dangerous. Not everyone is who they claim to be. It’s quite easy for fake profiles to be set up and they could have no idea who they’re actually talking to. Stranger danger is just and much of a threat online which is why children should be advised against adding anyone that they don’t know in real life, especially sharing sensitive information like where they live.
Online privacy has sparked a massive conversation in recent years which has led to greater controls being put out. If your child is on social media, get them to think about the information that they are sharing and who they want to share it with. It can stop anyone from viewing and stealing their pictures and other issues like cyberbullying which can come from having a public profile.
Lastly, we want to talk about screen time. Social media platforms are extremely addictive and before we know it, we have spent hours scrolling. This can be harmful to their mental health. It can result in body image issues, anxiety, and depression. You can now set screen time limits within devices themselves to monitor your child’s screen time.