How we can help children to use Social networking sites more safely

Most of the Social networking sites are now popular among children and adults alike. In addition to using the social websites designed for kids they are also using adult’s social networking sites like Face book, You Tube, Flicker, and Twitter etc. Most of the kids are not aware about the threats hided on these web sites. Here is sharing some ways we can help our children to use social networks more safely.

Social networks are the most leading websites as Adults and kids are using these networks regularly for different purposes especially for friendship. Instead of using kid's web site most of the children use adult's social networking site to communicate with their friends. These kids are not bothered about the dangers that are hidden in these networks. Parents are worried about the safety of the kids and seek solution to reduce their online uses. Some of the personal information provided by the kids on their pages can also make them in danger like phishing scams, internet predators, and cyber bullying. Parents can help them to use these social networking sites more safely. Some of the ways are given below.

Tips that help your kids to use social networking sites more safely
1. You can help your kids by encouraging them to use these sites to communicate with their friends only and not with unknown people. An unknown person who try to communicate with your kids online is to be a stranger. You must encourage your kids to block or reject the request of this people from their account. If the kids were already added the strangers you must promote them to block this person.

2. To protecting your kids online it is good idea to add more family contacts to kids accounts which will help to track the kids online activities in these social networking sites.

3. Encourage your kids to share their online experience with you, and promote them to tell you something if any strangers make them uncomfortable or threatened in these sites.

4. We must give a guideline to your kids when they start to use internet themselves and must ensure that kids do not use full name in their account. When they are trying to create an account with social networking sites we should encourage them to use the first name or nickname with their account to avoid wrong attention.

5. Make your children to be care when choose a photograph to share on social networks.

6. While the kids join a public group in a social website advice them not to reveal more information about his or her school, workplace, living town etc.

7. If your kids reject the rules suggested by you for their safety, you can contact the related social website and can ask them to remove the page that your kid uses.

8. Ensure the age limit of social websites that your kids used. Most of the social websites age limit is 13 and over.

9. Study yourself and teach your kids about the privacy of these sites. Some web sites are giving the facility to protect password.

10. You can also encourage your children to use the web sites designed for kids such as Kidswirl, Club Penguin, Webkinz, and Whyville etc. These sites are little stricter than others and are specially designed to protect the kids from online strangers.

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