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Social Media Safety Tips, Teen Edition: Parents Be Vigilant!

Did you know that San Diego is one of the largest sex trafficking cities in the nation? Further, people involved in sex trafficking and adults who prey on children use the internet as a way to entice youth. Unfortunately,  predators know exactly what they are doing and how to reel our kids in through the use of social media. The San Diego Moms Blog wants you to be informed and aware. We want you to be on the look out and know what to watch out for to keep your children and teenagers safe. We are our children’s protectors! However, to be the ultimate protectors, we must know who and what to watch for in social media!

Social Media Safety: Teen Edition

Parents: Be vigilant!

1. Keep a close eye on your kid’s accounts.
2. Watch who follows them in social media and who attempts to communicate with them both online and off.
3. Do NOT be shy when it comes to your kids and teens! Be in their business!
4. Take your street smarts and use it in social media!
5. Stranger DANGER is REAL in social media!!!
6. Noone should EVER ask your children/teens for money to “invest in” or “help” them in any way. At all!
7. Adults should NEVER befriend a minor via social media! EVER. Has an adult contacted your youth? Put an end to this immediately!
8. It’s o.k. to BLOCK. Delete. Report. Do it!
9. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts! 
10. Predators WILL GROOM their victims. WATCH for this. Report!
11. Your child’s safety is priority. Not someone else’s ego, promises, nor likes.
12. I suggest all minors keep their accounts private.
13. Do not allow your kids, teens to post where they are at any time.
14. Teens love to promote their high school in their profiles. For safety reasons, encourage them not to.
16. Noone in social media should ask your kids/teens for their address, phone number for ANY. REASON.
17. Watch for social media account fluff. In other words: learn about follower, engagement ratios, begin to understand what’s real verses what’s being promised, look for real photos verses an account full of reposts and of other people’s pictures. People can make their accounts look enticing to kids and teens! Watch for this! People can make their accounts & photos seem like something it’s not if you aren’t aware. If in doubt: Block!!
18. AGAIN. PARENTS. KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR KIDS ACCOUNTS. THEIR FOLLOWERS. WHO’S CONTACTING THEM. HOW. AND WHY.
19. Be smart!!! We are powerful people with the ability to make powerful choices on behalf of ourselves and our kids.

Further Resources:

Social Media Safety for Families

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Cyber Tipline

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Child Safety and Prevention (Online Safety Tips!)

NetSmartz Workshops: Everything Parents, Teens, Tweens, Kids need to know about Internet Safety

1-800-THE-LOST: 24 Hour Hotline and Resource Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Social Media Safety Tips, Teen Edition: Parents Be Vigilant!

  1. candy January 30, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    If only more parents were diligent about their kids accounts. Always have the lap top or devices in a common family room. No private anything even if they are teenagers.

    • Christelle
      Christelle January 30, 2017 at 11:56 am #

      Yes! I agree, Candy! We are the protectors of our children. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Cassandra January 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    This is so important when it comes to kids. Their safety is always important and yes we shouldn’t be afraid to ask them anything. Great tips for sure. Thank you. -Cassandra from sugarsaltspice.com

    • Christelle
      Christelle January 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Thanks Cassandra! We are our kids protectors always. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Justine Y @ Little Dove January 31, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh my gosh, this is such great advice! I sometimes feel like I am overly cautious about this stuff, but this really validates my feelings on it all!

    • Christelle
      Christelle February 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

      Hi Justine! We are our children’s protectors and unfortunately bad guys swoop through online. The resources listed are incredible for parents, youth & educators. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Erika January 31, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    This is so scary but so true. We need to be more cautious. Our child’s safety should be our number one priority as parents

    • Christelle
      Christelle February 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Yes Erika!! We must stay vigilant for our kids and others. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Harmony, Momma To Go February 2, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    my oldest is 7 but this scares the be-jesus out of me! so many trolls online, you just have to keep your guard up and be careful!

    • Christelle
      Christelle February 2, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      We are our children’s eyes online! Can never be too cautious. The Netsmartz link at the bottom has a fun and educational area for children! Powered by National Center for missing & exploited Children. Highly recommend ♡ Thank you so much for stopping by Harmony!

  6. Dawn February 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    We all need these tips. As moms, we need to help each other as well. Technology is changing so fast. Thanks for these tips.

    • Christelle
      Christelle February 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

      Yes! The more eyes watching out for each other, the better. Thanks for stopping by, Dawn!

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