Social Media Awareness for Parents – What are your kids using?

Do you know what your children are saying or doing on Social Media Sites?

Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, these names are ingrained into our lives and define the way in which communication has changed in this Hi-Tech saturated world.

But a word of caution for parents before they sign up their children onto these sites with unfettered access. Remember that they are just children and children will be ‘childish’!

The benefits of these instant communications are well known and need no elaboration, however the dangers do need highlighting.

The trend in technology is to increase connectivity of its users between its users and wider.

Children can now send messages to one another through Skype, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. They can be sent privately or as a public comment.

Unfortunately, as much as we believe our children to be angels, they are not always complimentary or polite with their choice of language when using these communication tools, as they believe they are private and will remain unseen.

If you decide to allow your children access to any of these Social Media Sites, parents must be vigilant and ensure that they or another adult have access to the account or regularly check their children’s accounts to ensure that the content is appropriate. You may well trust your child and know that they would never do such a thing, but how do you know if you child is not the recipient of any harsh or inappropriate comments unless you can check yourself.

You should speak to your children about the appropriate use of these communication tools and encourage them to be transparent and open with you so that you can protect them from ‘trolling’ (verbally attacking someone using social media). It can start out as harmless fun but can escalate quite quickly.

We have spoken to the Key Stage 2 children in assembly today about Cyberbullying and would encourage parents to speak to their their children about this important topic and teach them what to do if they witness it or are victims of it.

For more information

cyberbullying

Download our presentation from our assembly HERE:

http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/

 

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