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Social Media & Children's Safety 101


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Practical tips for parents and guardians.

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Social Media & Children's Safety 101

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA & CHILDREN’S SAFETY 101:Practical Tips for Parents and Guardians Chad Richards Director of Social Marketing Firebelly @chadrichards
  2. What ageis appropriate for kids to use social media?
  3. Recently rebranded as a “Social Entertainment” siteMinimum age to join: 13 (down from 14)Profiles of users aged 13-15 are set to “Private”Users aged 16+ have privacy optionsEasy to create fake accounts29,000 registered sex offenderprofiles have been found (so far) and deleted.
  4. “If anyone has a duty to protect young kids, it’sparents, not Myspace.” - U.S. Judge
  5. Real-time conversations in 140 characters or lessNo minimum age requirement to joinAnyone can follow a non-Private accountPublic @-replies can be sent to anyonePrivate DMs can only be sent to peoplemutually following each other.Any account can be set to “Private”Easy to create fake accounts
  6. Minimum age to join: 13“Friend acceptance” must be mutualPrivacy options are constantly changingAny account can be set to privateMore difficult to create fake accountsFacebook will NOT delete accounts of kids13+ for parents
  7. Facebook & Kids (& Teens)
  8. The Children’s Online PrivacyProtection Act (COPPA) statesthat anyone under the age of 13 is notallowed to sign up for websites, likeFacebook, which collect informationon users...
  9. A survey by Consumer Reports foundthat kids are lying about their agesto join the site.Facebook ignores the law.• 7.5 million users were under 13• 5+ million were 10 and under
  10. Risks
  11. “The most common risk young people face on Facebook is not advances from a stranger or pedophile, but rather peer harassment and aggression -cyber bullying - in other wordshurtful, harassing, or defamatory behavior.”
  12. Cyber bullying
  13. 50% of adolescents and teens have been bullied online1 in 10 tell a parent if they have been a cyber bully victimFewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reportedto law enforcement10% have had damaging photos taken of them and sharedonline without their permissionGirls are more likely than boys to be involved incyber bullying33% have experienced cyberthreats online.
  14. Cyber Safety Stats
  15. 68% of teens admit accepting a friend request fromsomeone they didn’t know85% of parents admit to looking at their children’s profilesweekly40% of parents have been given their children’s usernamesand passwords90% of parents of girls are friends with them82% of parents of boys are friends with them59% of parents worry about privacy compared toonly 6% of teens.
  16. Cyber Safety Tips
  17. “We strongly recommend thatminors 13 years of age or older asktheir parents for permissionbefore sending any informationabout themselves to anyone overthe Internet and we encourageparents to teach their childrenabout safe Internet usepractices.”- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
  18. CHILDREN should...Familiarize themselves with the ever-changingprivacy and account settingsBlock people who send unwanted contentOnly accept friend requests frompeople they know personallyThink before they post
  19. CHILDREN should not...Include the following in their profiles:1. Location (especially address)2. Phone number3. Full name4. Email address5. School name6. Full birthdate
  20. Test profile privacy with the new View As... button
  21. CHILDREN should not...Post any photos or status updatesthey wouldn’t want1. their mother2. a teacher or principal3. a judge4. or (future) employerto see.
  22. PARENTS should...Talk to their kids about the risksof being on FacebookMonitor what their kids are postingon their Facebook pagesConsider getting their kids’usernames and passwords“Friend” their children*
  23. *Should you “friend” your child?No matter how old your child is, here are someguidelines for being a good online friend:1. Be a role model2. Don’t post on their Wall too frequently - it willembarrass them and may create the sense that you are“lurking”3. Don’t scold - don’t argue publicly. Send a privatemessage, or better yet, talk to them about it offline4. Don’t try to “friend” your teen’s friends
  24. Cool Tools
  25. Facebook SafetyAdvisory Board
  26. Resources
  27. Facebook Family Safety Center Facebook Security Center Report an underage child
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