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Parental Advice on Facebook

Below are some suggested guidelines on how to support your children using Facebook safely. Please consider carefully if it is appropriate for your child to have a Facebook account especially if it is one that they are mainly accessing from their mobile phone.

  • The terms and conditions for Facebook state that users need to be 13 years of age. Anyone under that age who has an account is violating the terms and conditions and you can report them at http://on.fb.me/dTSqRP.
  • Don’t be afraid to set boundaries for your younger children and explain that, as with other forms of media, there are age restrictions on using certain websites.
  • Create a Facebook account yourself and be ‘friends’ with your teenage children. This will enable you to monitor what they post on their wall and who they add as ‘friends’.
  • Facebook explicitly states that no person should abuse, harass or bully other people through posts or comments. If you come across any information that breaches this specific rule you can report it to Facebook. Guidelines on how to do this can be found at http://on.fb.me/ePpM93.
  • In order to ensure that your teenage children are aware of some of the potential risks on Facebook, make sure that they download the ClickCEOP application, so that they can install the ‘Report Abuse’ application on their Facebook profile. Users can access this at http://apps.facebook.com/clickceop/.
  • Ensure that you educate your children about their digital footprints. More colleges, universities and employers are researching candidates for jobs by searching social networking sites. A negative post or unsuitable photograph could come back and haunt your teenage children in later years and prevent them from gaining certain employment.
  • Finally, teach your children to send positive posts. Schools and the police are taking seriously negative and libellous comments about educational professionals and it could lead to exclusion or legal action against them.

For further information, visit www.yhgfl.net

Parental Advice for Instagram Safeguarding

It’s a small loophole but one that definitely poses a threat to your child’s online safety. While your child is able set their Instagram account settings to private and only accept “followers” and “friends” they know, the Instagram bio is still public by default and short of deleting it altogether, there’s no way to hide it.
Instagram is now one of the fastest growing, most popular social networks for tweens and teens. It allows kids to post both photos and videos and communicate through “likes” or “favorites” and comments with other users on Instagram.
This year, Instagram reported phenomenal growth and activity with:

  • It has 100 million monthly active users.
  • 40 million photos posted per day.
  • 8,500 likes per second.
  • 1,000 comments made per second.

That’s a lot of activity—and exactly why it’s more important than ever to be certain that an Instagram bio is safe. Here’s how:

  1. Approve your child’s profile picture. If they are 13, make sure their photos don’t make them look 20. Make sure the expression is not suggestive or revealing in any way. Note: their definition and your definition of “suggestive” will differ so hold your ground, parent.
  2. Edit bio or omit entirely. Do not allow location, hometown, age, school, church, sports team or any other kind of personal information to be in your child’s bio. Predators and stalkers know how to piece together small nuggets of information into a full picture fairly easily.
  3. Do not allow links in bio. Often an Instagram user will put a link in their Instagram bio to their Facebook page, their email address, a Formspring or Ask.Me page. Do not allow this kind of access to your child’s personal life online.
  4. Turn off Geo-Tagging/Location-based services for Instagram
  5. Let them see you monitoring. We recommend digital safeguards since studies show that 50% of all teens say they would change their online behavior if a parent were watching.

If your child has not set their Instagram feed to private (only approved followers), this is a great time to do that. It’s easy.

Here’s how to make an Instagram account private:

  • Go to your profile by tapping in the lower-right corner
  • Tap ‘’Edit Your Profile’ next to your profile picture
  • iPhone/iPad: Scroll down to ‘Posts Are Private’ and toggle the switch. On Android: Check the box next to ‘Posts are Private’

Once you turn on Privacy, anyone who wants to see your posts, or followers and following lists, will have to send you a follow request that will appear in your News feed, which you can then approve or ignore. To approve or deny a follow request, just tap on the username that appears in the request. You’ll then be brought to their profile page and at the top of this page you will see an “approve” and “ignore” button

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