Parent Guides to Social Networks

It is often difficult to stop young people joining and using social networking sites. 

We have collected some useful guides to the various social networking sites available to our students online. They provide helpful guidance and support to assist parents in supporting their child online. 

Click the links below to download the guidance.

Facebook

Snapchat

Instagram

Twitter


Key Advice about Social Networking Sites

  • Talk to your children about what they do on the Internet. WiredSafety.org research shows that teens who discuss social networking websites with their parents behave safer online

  • Get your own Facebook or Twitter profile.
    Why not ask your children to help you set up your profile? You never know, they may even ask you to be a “friend” in their network

  • Be informed. Keep yourself up-to-date on the benefits and challenges of social networking by visiting educational sites. 
  • Young people have a tendency to want to share information with their friends and connections. A profile on a social networking website is like a window into their life. They need to understand that they need to protect their privacy and their reputation diligently.
  • Set some limits and make a few rules for your children with regard to their online behaviour, especially on social networking sites.
  • Limit the amount of time your kids are allowed to spend on the Internet.

  • Discuss what is and is not appropriate to share online and remind your child that nothing is secret in cyberspace.

  • Advise your children to beware of people they don’t know who want to join their network—these “friends” may be predators or cyberbullies who want to do them harm.
  • Teach them the risks and dangers of sharing passwords, phone numbers, addresses, and other personal information—even with their best friends.
  • Encourage them not to use their full name, city, school, and age in text or images, so this information can not be used to locate them offline.

  • Have them in form you if they notice anything odd or unusual, such as messages from “friends” that seem out of character or photos that your children never posted.

  • Teach your children to be wary of messages — especially solicitations or offers with links to websites—that they receive from others in their network, as the messages may be coming from a con artist who has commandeered a friend’s profile and is distributing a phishing scam.

  • Tell your child that they cannot meet face-to-face with individuals they’ve met online.

  • Tell your child to trust their gut if they have suspicions—if they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened, encourage them to tell you.