Frequent Questions and Concerns about Social Networking

What is online social networking?

Online social networking is when kids connect with other people online through certain websites. The most common for kids today include Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter. Each person creates his or her own account and page, and posts information, photos, video, and comments. When a person “friends” another person through a social networking site, that person can then access the other person’s page and make comments, upload photos and so on. Right now, most kids think social networking is the best way to connect with others (outside of actually being and talking with them).

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Is social networking safe for kids?

It depends on how old your child is, what she posts online, and what she knows about online safety. Although most social networking sites require kids to be a certain age (often 13) to sign up, many kids as young as eight years old are lying about their age and getting involved in social networking. You want to make sure your child understands how a social networking site works and which information is safe to post.

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Most social networking sites feature strong privacy settings that enable your child to decide which information to share with all other users of that site can see, and which is restricted only to friends. Understanding and using these settings is important not only for your child’s safety, but also to prevent any unwanted embarrassment or vulnerability.

Often, the default settings on social networking sites are set to “public.” Make sure to visit the privacy page of any social networking site with your child to change the settings. Many sites provide a high degree of flexibility in deciding which elements of a profile to share. The safest settings are to restrict access to all parts of a profile to approved friends only. Your child also has the option to block certain people from seeing her or his page, and often the ability to pre-approve all comments posted on the page.

Should parents become friends of their kids online?

A number of parents won’t let their kids (especially their younger kids) have a social networking site unless the parent is allowed to be a friend. As a parent, this is a safety measure and is meant to give you access to monitor what’s going on. If you are your child’s social network friend, be careful not to post messages or photos that would embarrass your child. As kids get older (such as in high school), many “defriend” their parents or refuse to allow them access. This is part of normal teenage separation. Just make sure you’re clear about how you expect your teen to act online and that cyberbullying, sexting, and inappropriate postings are not allowed.

 

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this site answered my questions!

Smart!!

This is from an article I found, following my 14 year old son’s trip to the ER last week, because he thought he could drink. While I realize that social networking is not the only reason, I do believe it was a considerable contributing factor. He was on Instagram, text +, and facebook regularly. I was monitoring his posts/texts, but I still did not realize that by seeing drugs and alcohol being used by other kids on a regular basis, this cyber world was normalizing substance abuse with thousands of images a day.

Please read this, and please monitor and or limit your kids’ social networking. According to this, 65% of parents don’t. My son will not be part of these now, and I’m not sure when or if I will feel it’s safe for him to do so. Please let my experience prevent you having to go there!

Study: Teens who use social media more likely to drink, use drugs

by Jim Romenesko
Published Aug. 24, 2011 9:44 am
Updated Aug. 24, 2011 12:27 pm
Chicago Tribune | National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
American teens who in a typical day spend any time on social networking sites are at increased risk of smoking, drinking and drug use, according to a back-to-school survey [PDF] by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. It found:
Compared to teens that spend no time on social networking sites in a typical day, teens that do are:

  • Five times likelier to use tobacco;
  • Three times likelier to use alcohol; and
  • Twice as likely to use marijuana.

ya its true…..i m 20 yrs old.I think it must be taken care of that kid must not be involved in stuffs which are not of any use….or wastage of time and creating problems for themselves.Parents must direct them towards some other creative tasks…..and give time to their kids as much as they can…

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