social media tips for parents
Children are using social media to share their lives with friends, family and sometimes people they don’t know.
It’s important they understand how to stay safe online. Our handy tips can help you have open and honest conversations with them about using social media, from posting selfies to chatting and online gaming.
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A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house.
If your child is being cyberbullied on social networks, there are lots of ways that you can put a stop to it such as reporting it, blocking the person(s) who is bullying your child and taking screenshots of the bullying comments.
In blocking any groups, your child could lose contact with some peers so it can also be useful to try and talk to any peers that are friends, offline to resolve things.
ChildLine has created a guide to help you find out how to deal with bullying on different social networks
See our top Internet Manners to help you and your child get to grips with behaviours that will promote a kinder social media world.
Also, if you suspect that your child might be hurting others online through bullying, in this article "Help! My child is a Cyberbully", Lauren Seager-Smith of Anti-bullying Alliance offers great advice on what you can do to help them.
To help you on what to do next you can watch a series of four videos from NCA-CEOP Command’s ThinkUknow education programme called ‘Nude Selfies – What Parents and Carers Need to Know’ to learn about sexting and nude selfies.
'So you got naked online'
This resource from South West Grid for Learning offers children, young people and parents advice and strategies to support issues resulting from sexting incidents. There are versions available for England, Wales and Scotland.
By being aware of what sites they use, making them aware of how to block people they don't know and encouraging them to keep their accounts private, you can help your child be in control of what they share to protect them from issues such as grooming.
The NSPCC and O2 some great advice to help your child make smart choices about who they talk to and what they share online.
CEOP's ‘You and your tattoo’ has some excellent advice to help your child manage their online reputation. Together with your child you can watch the interactive film and discuss the issues that it raises to learn together and teach them ways to keep their online presence positive.
Adele's vlog on disabling smartphone location
If you'd like a step-by-step guide on how to disable your child's location on their smartphone, our mum blogger Adele Jennings, gives a live demo in our latest vlog.
To help your child understand how to be "Share Aware", the NSPCC have created this downloadable guide for parents giving practical tips on how to get children making smart choices about what they share online.
Additional tools and resources
To help your child make smart choices on social, we’ve pulled together a selection of useful expert e-safety resources.
An introduction to social media for parents
This practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media platforms was developed by Internet Matters, NSPCC, Parent Zone, and UK Safer Internet Centre.
Brief summary of why children use social media
Outline of the risks children may need to deal with
Practical tips to help minimise the risks your child might face
This template will help you set boundaries as a family, and help your child get the best out of their digital world
Advice and opinion
Here are a selection of articles from online safety experts to give you further tips on how to help your child stay safe on social media.
The National Co-ordinator of Anti-bullying Alliance gives advice on what to do if you find out your child is a cyberbully.
Sadja Mughal, OBE
Expert from JAN Trust provides insight into use of social media to radicalise young people.
Dr. Emma Bond