How you can help your kids avoid the darker side of the internet
1 Get to know your own privacy settings on social media. Most platforms have helpful guides, videos and walk-throughs. That way, you can educate your child to share information safely.
2 Help your child with the skills to understand and manage risk online. You may have talked to them about the dangers of interacting with strangers and what to do if approached — teach them to be just as cautious with the general online community as well.
3 Listen to your child to understand their everyday pressures. Their pains and challenges may mirror your own childhood experiences, but because they are shared online, they can be more intense.
4 Be mindful when posting pictures of your child online. Take a minute to check your privacy settings so you know how many people may be able to see them. Remember that your child may also be on social media, and could be unhappy that their friends have seen these personal pictures.
5 If you want to limit screen time, work with your child. Find out what they deem as enough — that way, they’ll feel more empowered and less likely to try to hide their screen time from you.
6 Be open to awkward or difficult conversations about what your child is doing online. Keep reactions calm and encouraging so they don’t close down about something they might be worried about, or become more secretive about online problems.