"Learn together. Parents are constantly trying to stay on top of and control online and social media use by children and adolescents. The best way to teach online safety is to rely on open and honest communication, and to learn together. Looking through a social media feed together and asking your kids to think about what might be friendly versus what might be hurtful helps your child reframe her thoughts and view photos, updates and comments through an empathic lens. Empower your kids to make safe choices by talking with them, not at them."
"There is never one fast and easy piece of advice. You need to know yourself as a parent, and your child, and be comfortable with the uncomfortableness you're going to be facing. But, you need to have a strong relationship between parent and child to know that there is an open door policy both ways. Don't be afraid to tell them the 1% of the online world - the haters, the trolls, the bullies and time-wasters - and your child needs to be able to tell you about those commenters, as well. The online space is a wonderful, educational and almost mandatory world these days, and best to keep those lines of communication open."
"Be sure to turn off the hidden location tracking in your child's phone. According the manufacturers this setting is turned on for targeted advertising but it tracks everywhere your child goes and stores their most frequent locations. On top of that the information goes back a year or more. Even with it turned off you can still use "Find My iPhone" or other family locator apps. For iPhones, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. Then slide the bar to "Off." For Androids, go to Settings > Network Connections > Location. Click "Google Location History", hit "Delete Location History" at the bottom and click "Off."
"Make sure your kids know that they must have permission for anything they download or watch. Keep an eye on what your kids are doing on their devices -- have them teach you or show you."
"Teach your kids how to be savvy. Here are a couple examples: 1) Teach them to look at the website's URL to see if it seems like a legitimate link to click. 2) Teach them to never give their real name or real address or real birthday."
"1) Know the platform before your child starts using it. If you're going to allow your young person to use a particular social media platform it is imperative that you understand the interface and what anyone can do on that platform. This will allow you to name boundaries and expectations in an informed way. 2) They may be more tech-savvy than you but you are fully in charge. Monitor usage and be clear and concise about your expectations around their behavior and the people they engage with.
"In addition to having parental controls and the appropriate safe surfing software in place, what’s more important is that parents become knowledgeable about the evolving technologies/social networks out there and how kids and their peers are using them. In the end, the most impactful way to make a difference in kids’ online usage, is to have the ongoing and open conversation about what they’re doing and seeing online, making sure they are minding their mobile manners and turning into responsible digital citizens."
"Tech safeguards can be really helpful, but our kids will be even safer as we focus more on helping them develop the internal safety 'tools': empathy, resilience and the three literacies of this social media environment (digital, media and social literacy)."
Top tip for parents: “Make digital conversations as frequent as possible with your kids. Your child's online safety is a reflection of your offline discussions.”
Top tip for teachers to share with students: “Social media is more than a venue to interact with friends and classmates. It's your future. Use it with care.”
"We always screen apps and check for content before approving for review. Parents should screen for content, too, to make sure it's a good fit for their kids."
"Not everything belongs online, try to minimize your kids’ digital footprint, as well.”
"For children just starting on digital devices have your computer set up in a place where you can monitor them.”
"Recognizing the importance of being *truly* involved in your children’s lives, “there’s no such thing as quality time, there is only quantity time (for and with kids)!”