One Stop Parental Guide to Social Media

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When it comes to social media, the picture that first comes to our mind are usually teenagers being glued to their smartphones watching INSTA story and even TikTok. There has also been a misconception that social media is only for the younger ones or ‘teens’. However, these days, looking around in public transport or even hawker centres, there are people who are in their thirties and forties using social media too!

So why is it important for parents to build knowledge on Social Media?

Social media is really common these days and thus, with the knowledge parents can keep track of their kids’ behaviour as well as development. With internet exposure on the rise, cyberbullying cases are also rising. Hence, it is important to spot such cases early to prevent cyberbullying from happening. Besides cyberbullying, our blogs also cover many amazing good tech parenting advice. So before we teach our kids, it is important to familiarise ourselves with these channels so we can better engage and communicate with them. Setting a good example for your kids is also a good start to cyber wellness.

We will be listing out some of the popular sites/social media platforms that one should be aware of.

SNAPCHAT:

  • Make sure that you keep your username and phone number private
  • Although the snaps are temporary, people can still screen record or take screenshots of it
  • Beware of the Snap Map, as you are revealing your location to others
  • Emotional Health due to the pressure of Snap Streaks (Do not be too obsessive)
  • Do contact safety@snapchat.com if you face any harassment or receive any inappropriate images/videos
  • The platform also has a special deletion request for parents who are worried about their child’s safety

INSTAGRAM:

  • If your account is open to the public, be mindful of what you are posting and sharing.
  • Instagram can be connected to various social media platforms as well (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler)
  • Unknown friend requests
  • Location Status of your posts

FACEBOOK:

  • Many apps can be used to login via Facebook
  • Review your privacy settings
  • Control who can see your post (e.g Public, Everyone except, Only me etc.)

 

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