Is it teething time for your little one?

 

As part of their safety centre, Facebook have recently launched their new Parents Portal which gives advice on how to control what children see.

 

According to the chief operating officer of the social media giant, Sheryl Sandberg, the new portal was created following demand from parents, who are concerned what happens when their own children join.

 

“Parents shouldn’t be afraid of technology" Christine Chen, communications manager at Facebook, said.

 

“I think technology can actually bring so much joy to our lives. And is something that can be shared with your kids.”

 

 

Within the portal, Facebook have compiled information and tips to help kids stay safe when using the social media platform and get the best out of their experience.

 

So how can parents keep kids safe?

 

1. Let your child know that the rules that apply online are the same as the ones that apply offline

If it's not something you want others to do to you, don't do it to others. 

 

2. Try to be a good role model

The adage that children will "do as you do, not as you say" is just as true online as it is offline. I

 

3. Engage early

Consider sending a friend request to them when they join Facebook. 

 

 

4. Identify and seize key moments

Your child turning 13 years old and being old enough to join Facebook and other social media is a good time to talk about safe sharing. 

 

5. Trust yourself

Typically, you can adopt the same parenting style for your child's online activities as you use for their offline activities. 

 

6. Ask your children to teach you

The conversation can also serve as an opportunity to talk about issues of safety, privacy and security. 

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