Child safety when online vital

2018-01-31 06:01

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has compiled a few back to school safety tips that parents need to take into consideration when sharing images and videos of their children online.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Apply caution when uploading pictures of your children in school uniform. These may show the name of the school and pose a danger to the child.
  • Be careful not to post your home (or school) address, phone number or any personal information online. These can be used to locate your child.
  • Know how to operate the location settings on your phone. The images you upload have a location on them if the settings are not turned off.
  • Know how to activate the privacy settings on your social media pages. Images you upload can be accessible to anyone and everyone if your privacy settings are not activated.
  • Follow your children on social media and know what they are posting. This allows you to monitor the content they post and advise them accordingly.
  • Know the passwords and log-in details of your child’s social media handles. Children tend to hide things from parents. It is important to have access to their social media platforms; this way you will know who they talk to and what they talk about.
  • Do not post pictures of other children on your social media platforms without their parents’ consent. This has serious legal ramifications.
  • Monitor the amount of time your children spend on social media. Yes, social media can be a great learning tool for your child, but face-to-face interaction is still a vital element in the child’s development and growth.
  • Check the content that is on your child’s phone: the applications they have, the games they play and the social media sites they are on. Not all content is appropriate for children.
  • Create an honest and open relationship with your child. Be willing to have conversations with your child about the pros and cons of social media. This allows your child to tell you if they are experiencing a form of bullying, grooming or harassment on social media.
  • Some social media sites have specific age restrictions. Familiarise yourself with these so that you do not allow an underaged child on these platforms.

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