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Teenagers tend to have a reckless, impulsive approach to social media. That’s why it’s important to think first before you post what you are thinking or feeling. Even though you can delete something (a post, picture, comment, etc.) you can never permanently erase something that has been published on the Internet (even Snapchat posts are stored for 9 months!). Face your problems- don’t Facebook them!

Legal age restrictions for social media

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Support for Parents

Your children may spend a lot of time on social networking such as Facebook. Social media is a great way for them to interact with friends using computers and mobile devices and have changed the way your children communicate with their friends and family.

Too often though, children include too much personal information, discuss inappropriate behaviours that could get them into trouble, or otherwise place themselves at risk by what they share online. 

Did you know no one under 13 is allowed a Facebook or an Instagram account?

The purpose of this guide is to provide concerned parents like you with the knowledge to deal with challenges associated with social networking and community websites. Once you understand the basics, you’ll be able to help your children stay safe when they socialise online.

Your children need to understand that if they reveal too much about their personal lives, it could lead to problems—like susceptibility to cyber bullies, online predators and invasion of privacy.

Teenagers seem to think being behind a computer screen allows them to make inappropriate and hurtful comments about others, this is a form of bullying that we do not condone and take  very seriously.

Cyber bullying is defined as the use of the Internet or other technologies to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.

Types of cyber bullying:

Flaming: Online fights sent via instant message with angry or vulgar language.

Harassment: Repeatedly sending nasty, mean, insulting messages.

Denigration: “Dissing” someone online by sending or posting gossip or rumours about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships.

Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material to damage their reputation.

Pranking: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information and then sharing it online.

Warning signs that indicate your child might be a victim of cyber bullying:

  • Being ill at ease when receiving an email, instant message, or text message
  • Feeling upset after using the computer
  • Refusing to leave the house or go to school
  • Withdrawing from friends and family

Warning signs that indicate your child might be a cyber bully:

  • Switching screens or closing programs when you walk by
  • Using the computer or mobile phone late at night
  • Getting upset if he/she cannot use the computer
  • Using multiple online accounts

If you detect any of these signs, talk to your children about the issues around cyber bullying as both a victim and a perpetrator. Encourage them to not condone or support others who are cyber bullying. Ask them questions based on the “warning signs” and then listen.

What you can do as parents

Talk to your children about what they do on the Internet.

Research shows that teenagers who discuss social networking websites with their parents behave safer online.

Ask your child how many Facebook friends they have?

Many teenagers have 100’s of Facebook friends, many of them they haven’t ever said hello to or even met. Teenagers often have Facebook friends who are often people that they don’t get on with or dislike, ask you child why

Be alert- Advise your children to not to accept friend requests form people who they do not know, it’s not a popularity contest.

Be informed- Keep yourself up-to-date on the benefits, challenges and changes to social networking.

Time allowance- Limit the amount of time your children are allowed to spend on the Internet.

Night time- Keep mobile phones, laptops and tablets down stairs at night. If they use their phone as a clock, buy them an alarm clock.

What’s appropriate- Discuss what is appropriate to share online and remind your child that nothing is secret in cyberspace, it stays there forever.

The risks- Teach them the risks of sharing personal information even with their friends as others can often see this information.

Suspicions- Have them inform you if they notice anything odd or unusual on their accounts or their friend’s accounts.

If you require any additional information or would like further support on the use of social media please contact Mr Curtis or the Student Support team at school.