There are plenty of reasons for parents to be concerned about what their kids can find on social media.
But the advice for parents is always consistent: talk to your children, know what they are watching online, and know how they are watching it.
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Rockwood Parent University offers some trusted resources so families are informed and aware of these challenges in their own home.
- Listen to your child. Ask your kid about what's happening in their lives - even when it seems like they don't want you to. Sometimes kids are more willing to talk about what's going on with other kids than with themselves, so pose questions about friends, school, and trends. Once the conversation is open, you can get a sense of what your kid needs.
- Supervise your child's online activity. Though we can't always be with our tweens and teens, our words stay with them. Parents can be informed of some of the online challenges as shared by Common Sense Media. The key to online safety is being involved with your children and communicating frequently about what they are viewing online.
- Consider online parental controls. Determine what kind of parental control is best based on your own family's needs. Some families use simple, free browser settings to filter inappropriate content. Some families need help clamping down on screen time. Wherever you are in your search, this guide from Common Sense Media can help you make sense of the wide array of options for managing your family's devices.