Teens and Social Media: 6 Tips to Stay Safe

Teens and Social Media

Teens and Social Media: 6 Tips for Keeping Teens Safe

Teens and Social MediaUnfortunately, there are people who can use your child’s personal information to steal identities, bully them or begin an inappropriate relationship. Help protect students from online dangers by following these safety tips:

  1. Keep your child’s profile private so that only family and people you know see photos, important dates and other information.
  2. Make sure they’re not posting personal details, including phone numbers, home address, and the name of their school or Social Security number.
  3. Only allow them to publish photos and videos that don’t jeopardize their safety or their integrity.
  4. Make sure they choose a strong password that can’t be guessed, and that it gets changed every three months.
  5. Never allow them to accept friend requests from people they don’t know.
  6. Keep an open dialogue with your children. Ask them to let you know if they’ve received private messages from a stranger, or from someone at school who is teasing, harassing or threatening them. Those could be signs of cyber-bullying or even a sexual predator.

Teen and Social Media Source: USA.gov / GobiernoUSA.gov

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