Kids and teens in social media: 4 tips for parents


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In recent days and weeks, some messages have inspired me to think about a topic that is always a little neglected: children and young people grow up with Facebook and Co. and take this as a matter of course. Is this really true? Do not dangers there? Kids and teens in social media: 4 tips for parents social media kids2


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Facebook and its responsibilities

Last week, Facebook announced that the existing filter settings for youngsters between 13 and 18 years should be lifted. At the present time, the content of these age groups is not visible to the outside world for their protection. This will then change.

At the same time, the sister of Mark Zuckerberg wrote a book about a girl who wasted his time with technical equipment. The work, entitled "Dot", is intended to elucidate the problems of early handling of technical devices.

Why paternalism is worth it

If we go back to the target group, there are reasons why this form of paternalism Sense makes: Between the ages of 15 and 18, many young people apply for internships and training positions. In many companies, it's good practice to look at what applicants are doing on the Internet.

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In addition to the risk of being drunk on party pictures, there are also statements or content that you might not want to show your potential employer 1: 1 when you apply.

Privacy Settings: But how to serve you

Now, of course, you can argue that the target group also knows about the privacy settings. If one assumes, however, one thing becomes clear: most people know of the presence, but less of the operation.

This is not least due to the lack of media literacy of teachers, parents and the students themselves - true to the motto: Where to take and not steal, this conversion can mean a rude awakening.

How can parents protect children?

So what can you do to support the children? How can you protect your children from the dangers of digital media?

Because most children and adolescents know about the presence, but less about the operation. What did Zeus speak? To actively support his children in the use of the Internet.

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Checklist: 4 Tips for active social media usage

If you really want to react to the circumstances in the future, some things should look like a kind of checklist:

  1. Contact us! This is not about the child's attitudes to take off, but conceivable would be a seminar or course, which clarifies the correct deal with Facebook. Here you can find a whole series of seminar offers or videos on the net, which are quite funny and vividly address the topic.
  2. Self-action! If you have a Facebookaccount to your child after birth or before birth and you think it is good, you have to ask yourself whether it is really good. Perhaps it is the good old photo album some times but a lot more modern than a Facebookaccount.
  3. To take responsibility! Only those who actively follow developments and changes around Facebook - and this does not mean daily research, but to follow the topics in the big days - is in the position to act at all. This is the basis for something as abstract as media competency: the aim is not the expert status, but the knowledge about possible dangers.

In the end, only one thing helps: active action

Just as one had previously paid attention to which friends and acquaintances had their own children and, if necessary, influenced their decision by pointing indirectly to their own discomfort, one must now look at Facebook similarly: Only if I know who is Facebook and how it works, I can handle it.

The idea of ​​the good network has long been forgotten and it is important (finally) to deal with it - and that means more than a hint in the evening.


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