Like it or not my teens have entered into the world of social media. Snapchat, vine and instagram are all the rage in our house these days. As a parent I was initially terrified of the social media invasion. You hear all the horror stories about child predators and cyber bullies using these platforms to find victims, but I realized I can’t shelter my kids…..What I can do is educate them about how to be safe on social media.
National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using social media. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle. For you, your family, your friends, and the whole world – everyone benefits when you #ShareAwesome!
The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.
This is why we have created 4 golden rules for social media in our house. If the rules aren’t followed, the account will be deleted.
1. Accounts must be private. To avoid just anybody looking at what they post, I require that their accounts on social media be set to private, meaning that only people that they approve are allowed to see their posts and photos.
2. You may not be “friends” with someone you don’t know in real life. Sometimes kids get caught up in the number of people that are following them or friending them, but in our house sharing photos and personal info with complete strangers is a complete no-no. If they can’t tell me how they know the person that is following them, then that person is gone from their follower list.
3. You must friend your mother, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see.
4. The internet is your permanent record, so be awesome and share awesome.
Setting rules and keeping the lines of communication open are the best way to keep your family safe on social media. Now is a great time to start the communication by encouraging them to enter the #ShareAwesome contest sponsored by National PTA and Lifelock.
Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!
Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!
There is no reason to be afraid to let your kids play on the social media playground, as long as the rules are followed and communication is open then everybody can have fun and continue to #shareawesome.
Check out some of our awesomeness over the year!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.