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As social media has become an essential part of kids’ lives, parents need to look after their social media activities. Although your kids seem to be very understanding and comfortable about the usage of social media, that doesn’t mean they have learned enough. They are still at the learning age and they still need their parents’ guidance.
No matter how dangerous social media is, you cannot stop teens from using it. The internet is seen to be at least as interesting for children as it is for adults. While the children under 13 are not allowed on social media, there is no way that parents can stop their teens from accessing and getting entertained from these platforms.
As stated in this article published by The Guardian, the pleasure that people of all ages find on social media should not make us blind to the harm that it can cause to our teens. Although the researches haven’t proved that social media does cause depression, there is a strong connection found between the two.
We cannot blame all the social media platforms for any kind of change in their user’s behavior. Along with putting the limit of 13 years of age, there are safety centers on every platform with instructions about privacy settings and other issues. Similarly, there are children safety programs like SecureTeen that ensure our children's safety on the internet.
Most of the users either don’t know such settings exist or they don’t bother to use them. Either way, if you are not teaching your kid to understand the proper use, it can cause trouble.
As stated in this article, parents can do takes a few steps to ensure social safety for their teens. If these steps or actions are followed in the right manner, and especially if you have a good relationship with your kids, then there shouldn’t be any problem.
Communication is the key. If you don’t communicate and just put restrictions on them, it won’t do anything good for you. You need to tell them about the safe use of the internet and social media platforms. Help them know what could be the red flags. And, encourage them to share things with you when the situation becomes unknown.
As stated in this article, make sure you have earned the trust of your kids. And they know that they can share things with you. But times come when things happen that can’t be shared. Sometimes they are scared, or afraid that you won’t understand them. For such times, when you don’t want them to get into any trouble, you can monitor them through parental control apps such as SecureTeen. Here is the stuff you can do using SecureTeen:
Along with these features, you can also check up on their activities, posting, and other stuff on social media. You don’t need to suffocate them with these restrictions. Instead, be with them when something wrong happens and don’t scold them.
As it is very well explained in this article published on HuffPost, parents’ number one priority is to protect their kids. The most important part of this process is to communicate with them and set some rules for their social media usage. This way, they will know that they are under your guidance.
If you are doing all this with your child’s consent, then they will understand you. But don’t enforce things on them. Be with them through every hard time and show them your trust. When they know that you will understand them no matter what, they will confide in you.