Whether your child has a cell phone, tablet, or other Internet accessible device or not, parents and teachers need to understand social media and its impact in order to guide children and give good advice in the ever-changing world of technology. As digital immigrants trying to raise digital natives, we should embrace the time before our children are exposed to social media and learn all we can about its strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge is still power!
Internet Safety & School
WCASD Board Policy GAAH - Social Media
WCASD Board Policy GAAI - Electronic Communication with Students
WTE Internet Safety Survey [2012-13]
Other School Districts
Hanover County Public Schools - Virginia
Common Sense Media - This organization is a frontrunner in helping "kids thrive in the technological world." They work to provide a wealth of information and resources for parents, educators, and policy makers that is timely and unbiased. Click here for the Family Toolbox Page.
Netsmartz - This website is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. They offer separate pages of resources for parents, educators, law enforcement and children.
13 Tips for Monitoring Kids' Social Media - The Parenting.com website offers parents some quick tips on safety measures to put into place before allowing your child to venture into social media.
FBI Safety Program - The United States Department of Justice is on the forefront of investigating and prosecuting those who use social media to prey upon children. This Parent Guide to Internet Safety captures their unique perspective on tips to help children.
tips for parents
- Know your followers personally, especially if you are putting pictures of your children and share personal information.
- If you are uploading pictures from your cell phone (or other GPS enabled device), be sure to turn off the GPS setting or it will tag the location. Check out this video to see what can happen if you leave GPS on your camera settings.
- Be positive in your posts and comments.
- Be safe: avoid sharing vacation dates/locations until after you get home.
Device Contract for Families - Common Sense Media has created a contract you can customize for your family rules. Complete it together and post in your house!
15 Sites and Apps Kids are Heading to After Facebook - This is an article written by Kelly Schryver for Common Sense Media.
Digital Footprints & Photo Sharing - This tip sheet for parents from Common Sense Media is helpful when trying to guide children on the impact of their choices.