social media safety

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We realize that this may be considered “old news,” however we think it’s worth sharing again! With the ever evolving world of social media, and millions of new users signing on daily, it’s worth a refresher!

**ūüĎĽSnapchatūüĎĽ¬†lovers and parents of those who love Snap**

The map, we have to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the room…

The ‘Snap Map’ connects via your phones GPS and automatically updates the map with your location. This allows others to see exactly where you are, even if you’re not snapping. We recommend turning on ‘Ghost Mode’ to prevent sharing your location.

To turn on Ghost Mode, pinch the screen when the app is open and the map should appear. If it’s your first time doing so, it will prompt you with the option to go in to ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click the gear icon in the top right corner. Then flip the ‘switch’ to turn Ghost Mode on.

Please be safe when using social media!

 

Social Media Safety for Children

With the ever changing world of social and digital media, and the growing interest of children wanting to hop on this trend, are you prepared to help safeguard them from the dangers?

We know, your kids are interested in the fast world of social media, ours are too. But how can you keep them safe from potential dangers lurking out there? The biggest impact you can make is being present. Monitoring. Openly discussing things with them. As parents, we are our child’s advocate, ¬†and mentor, so it’s our job to help guide them.

 

A few ways to keep your children safe(er) on social media:

1. Keep your child’s profile private so that only family and people you know see photos, important dates and other information.

2. Make sure they’re not posting personal details, including phone numbers, home address, and the name of their school or Social Security number.

3.¬†Only allow them to publish¬†photos and videos¬†that don’t jeopardize their safety or their integrity.

4.¬†Make sure they choose a strong password that can’t be guessed, and that it gets changed every three months.

5.¬†Never allow them to accept friend requests from people they don’t know.

6.¬†Keep an open dialogue with your children. Ask them to let you know if they’ve received private messages from a stranger, or from someone at school who is teasing, harassing or threatening them. Those could be signs of¬†cyber-bullying¬†or even a¬†sexual predator.

 

Have an open dialogue with your children about current trends in social media. One “trend” circulating the inter-webs, started in Russia and has made its way over to the US. It’s called the “Blue Whale Challenge,” which is a suicide dare game. While we haven’t had any reported incidents in our area, we want to alert parents to it, so you can monitor. Our friends at Miami Police Department put together an informative video about the Blue Whale Challenge:

As always, reach out if you have any questions. We’ll be here.

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Resources:

https://kids.usa.gov/parents/online-safety/six-tips-for-keeping-teens-safe-on-social-media/index.shtml 

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