Are your kids safe on social media?


Most of us use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in our daily lives. Heck, some of us are even on Snapchat already (don’t you just love the dog filter?).

As grown-ups, we are aware of the dangers of social media and try to make sensible choices when it comes to our online safety (most of the time).

But are your kids making the same discerning decisions? To help them stay safe online, you need to learn about the Internet.

Learning more about specific apps and online services and how your child might be using them can help you to recognise any suspicious or inappropriate behaviour, and help you to talk to your child about what they do online.

That’s why the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank established ThinkUKnow.

ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia.

Check out the Factsheets they have made available for parents. There are guides for major social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft, Twitter, Tinder, YouTube and Facebook.

For example, did you know the age classification of Snapchat is 13 years and over?  But there’s good news for those with younger kids. Children under the age of 13 can sign up for ‘SnapKidz’ account which is a limited version of the app where users are not able to send images to other users. We didn’t know about this until we read A Parents Guide to Snapchat.

Head to the ThinkUKnow website to find out more.

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