In this edition of EmpowHER's new DAILY feature, "Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier shares a few tips for parents to follow as it pertains to social networking sites and their children.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER Daily Dose.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry tells us that more than 60 percent of American teens have at least one profile on a social networking site and many spend more than two hours a day on social networking sites.
The academy points out that social networking sites can be beneficial for teens but also pose threats and parents need to play an active role in helping ensure their children use social networking sites safely and appropriately. Doctors urges parents to have an open discussion with their children about the topic.
Parents should suggest that children:
• Restrict access to their page to keep control of their information.
• Keep their full name, address, telephone number, social security number and bank or credit card number to themselves.
• Post only information/photos/videos they are comfortable with everyone seeing.
• Talk to their parents before considering a face-to-face meeting with anyone they meet online and consider the potential risks of such meetings.
Social networking sites can be a positive part of your children’s lives, but as our teens spend more and more time on them, it’s our job as parents to make sure they’re being safe.
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