Your chil­dren and so­cial me­dia

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY ALYS GAGNON

If par­ent­ing is any­thing, it’s nav­i­gat­ing the con­stant chal­lenge of man­ag­ing the push of our chil­dren to ex­plore the world with our job as par­ents to set up ap­pro­pri­ate bound­aries for them.

Even­tu­ally, the time will come when chil­dren will want to join so­cial me­dia.

How do we help them ex­plore this world in a way that will help them grow into re­spon­si­ble, me­dia-lit­er­ate adults while we also keep them safe?

The Rais­ing Chil­dren net­work, an on­line par­ent­ing re­source backed by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, says that ban­ning so­cial me­dia out­right is not the best ap­proach – tempt­ing though that might be. It rec­om­mends that best way to pro­tect your child on­line is to openly dis­cuss the risks of so­cial me­dia.

Risks in­clude be­ing tagged in an em­bar­rass­ing photo taken at a party

Un­der­stand the dan­gers in­volved in shar­ing con­tent and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion

Learn how to nav­i­gate the risks – for ex­am­ple, if your child posts an iden­ti­fi­able im­age of her­self, she can re­duce risk by not in­clud­ing any other per­sonal in­for­ma­tion Solve prob­lems Think about and man­age their own “dig­i­tal foot­print” – what your child up­loads now might have an im­pact later.

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