Today is Friday the 13th! And it’s the only one of the year!
Typically believed to be an unlucky day we’re turning this day on its head with 13 lucky tech tips to keep your kids safe on social media.
Only let approved friends view activity. Most social media networks allow for accounts to be made private. Visit the settings to activate.
2. Control friend requests
By default anyone can add your child as a friend on Facebook. Set up their account so that only Friends of Friends can request to add them.
3. Properly delete apps
Apps deleted from your child’s account may not be properly disconnected and the creator may still have access to their information. Make sure apps are properly disconnected and deleted when they no longer want them.
4. Use different passwords
Do not use the same password for all social accounts. However, keeping track of all of these passwords can be tedious. One solution is to use a free password management program like Last Pass.
Most social channels allow for geolocation tagging but this can be turned off. Visit the settings to adjust.
6. Activate filters
All ISPs provide parental controls to filter content. Make sure these are activated. Also add social networks you don’t want your child to access or limit usage to certain times of the day.
7. Check your audience
Facebook allows you to decide how public you want your posts to be. Visit the privacy settings and adjust this accordingly.
8. Delete inactive social accounts
Inactive social accounts will still exist online despite being inactive. Delete these to ensure that your child’s information is not floating around on the web.
Kids get tagged in posts by friends all the time – but also without their approval. Encourage your child to set up approval of tagged posts before they go live.
10. Know how to block users
Sometimes your child may get unsolicited and not-so-nice comments posted about them, make sure they know how to report abuse and block users.
11. Download and update anti-virus software
Protect your computer and information by making sure you have some sort of anti-virus software installed then make sure to keep it updated. There are many free services online such as Avast!.
12. Make the password a sentence
Having a strong password is crucial to prevent hackers accessing your child’s account. By setting their password as a sentence, this will ensure that it is long enough but also easy to remember.
13. Set up a separate email account for social media
Create a separate email account for your child to use when signing up to social channels. That way if they want to stop using an account, they can simply stop using that email.