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How can I keep my teen safe on social media?

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Whether we like it or not, social media is here to stay. Teens are engaging with each other via social media now more than ever. In a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, 92% of teens report going online daily. This increase in use is aided by teens having their own smartphones. Trying to keep up with ever-changing social media can feel overwhelming at times.

Use what your kids are using

Are they on Facebook, Instagram and Kik? Then you need to be on Facebook, Instagram and Kik. Set up an account for yourself, which will help you learn about the app, and follow your child’s profile as well. Explain to them that you will not interact with them or “embarrass” them on their profile. You just want to be able to see what’s going on.

Read

Pay attention and look for any articles about social media platforms that you know your teen is using. Be an educated consumer. Don’t assume your teen will come to you with important information about the platforms they’re using.

Ask questions

Have open conversations with your teen about social media. Use the tips button above for some same conversations starters. It’s important to know what your teen is doing on social media, but it also provides a nice opportunity for you to show interest in their lives and friends as well.

Here are some conversation starters to get your teen talking about their social media use:

  • Which social media platforms are your friends using? Are you on those, too?
  • What’s your favorite social media platform? Why?
  • Has anything bad ever happened to one of your friends while using social media? What happened?
  • What rules do you think are important to have in place to help people stay safe on social media?

The following are some statistics and general information about teens and social media:

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