Do your kids have a facebook account? As a parent it is natural to be worried about our children and to make sure they are doing all they can to be safe online. Internet predators are all over the place and it’s a growing concern that they are using Facebook and social media sites to find their prey and target on your children. Here are some ways that kids can be safer on Facebook and how parents can help their children to be safer.
Tip # 1 – Talk to your kids
One of the first things you must do is to talk to your kids about internet safety and to make sure they are not adding strangers to their account and also giving out their personal information. Make sure they aren’t giving out the password and user name of their facebook page to their friends as this can not only lead to malicious comments being posted on their accounts but it can leak out to other people as well, causing a lot of problems. Parents need to have open relationships with their kids when it comes to the internet and to ensure they are doing all that they can to be safe. Getting involved with your children’s online activity will allow you to trust them as you know they understand the rules and they aren’t violating them.
Tip # 2 – Report fraudulent and malicious behavior
Tip # 3 – Monitor the Chats
One of the nice things about Facebook is that you can talk to your friends on instant messenger. Only your friends will be on the chat sessions so make sure that your kids are only adding the people they are really friends with and not other people that they don’t know. The online predators often use the chat sessions to get personal information out of kids by using manipulative language that often causes them to give up personal information or to even consider meeting their new friend somewhere. Be sure that your kids know about online predators and that they are being very careful with the chat sessions and they aren’t agreeing to talk to people they don’t know. Facebook does have a feature so you can go offline when you are using facebook so you won’t get involved with the chats, which can also be damaging if your kid doesn’t have good friends on facebook.