Protecting your kid: security settings in social networks and services

Protecting your kid: security settings in social networks and services

First and foremost, let’s list the general recommendations which would apply to all of the above services.

  • When registering your kid on social network websites, do not attempt to change his/her name for the sake of protecting. You can use specific security settings which we will discuss below. Use your kid’s real name so he/she could use Facebook normally.
  • His/her user profile should not be too vague, otherwise your kid’s friends won’t be able to find him/her. At the same time, avoid making it too detailed: don’t expose your real home address or your kid’s phone number and don’t list all extracurricular activities and clubs he/she attends, and don’t ever cite the addresses of those locations.
  • Prevent your child from posting his home address or any addresses of the locations he/she regularly visits.
  • If an online service prompts you to provide your phone number, don’t attempt to ‘fool’ the system by providing wrong and non-existent numbers by using third-party services for SMS delivery. Verification via phone number is designed to make your life safer.
  • With regards to communication on various online services, please urge your child to ‘befriend’ only those people he/she knows personally, with an exception of verified celebrities’ or group pages.
  • Create your own account and ‘befriend’ your kid.
  • Agree that you will keep an eye on his/her online activities from time to time, including his/her friend list and excluding personal correspondence.
  • Install a Parental control software to protect your kids from undesirable content on social networks.

In the linked posts you will find detailed instructions on how to set up a child’s account not only on social networks, but also in instant messengers and popular photo and video sharing services.

By using recommendations on safety and privacy, as well as parental control programs, you can make your kid’s online activities a safer experience. Besides taming technology, you should definitely have an open conversation with your child to explain rules of the road for online life and offer your guidance in his/her venture to explore the online world. Thus you would be able to minimize threats your kid might encounter when communicating online.

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