Sep 22, 2010
Posted in Parenting

How to Keep Your Kid Safe On Facebook

Rapid Q & A round: What is the permissible age for creating a Facebook Account? It is thirteen, according to Facebook that adheres to parameters outlined by COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) by the U.S. that came into effect on Apr 21 2000 to aid in shielding kids online.

Regrettably, it not something that everybody knows like the lawful age permissible to drive, drink and vote, although it must be.

Factually, you might be aware of several kids under thirteen years of age and are on Facebook. Not surprisingly, a 2009 trial, for example showed that 1 among 4 people in the United Kingdom using the net in the age band of eight to twelve years old have their profile up on Orkut, Xanga, Bebo, Tumbler, Facebook among several others.

In these times, Facebook & several other social networking sites have become a part-&-parcel of daily existence, it is tough to envisage keeping net-savvy children away from social networking sites totally. However a few start-ups have lately dealt with the issue of ways to offer a ‘training wheels’ account for social networking.

Typically children have a tendency of modelling their parental behaviours and when they are seeing their parents logged onto Facebook, griming while they skim through their buddies update, share image album with pals and kin and watch humorous recordings and comment on them, kids are bound to follow suit.

Togetherville is another Facebook-replica but for the below thirteen kiddie brigade wherein similar to other social networking sites, interactions with net buddies, posting message, playing social gaming, watching video recordings and drawing images, although is allowed in a far restrained manner.

Having COPPA-compliance, it provides parents whole personal information regarding his/her kid which it is storing on its website. Mailing addresses of parents are a pre-requisite for opening novel accounts and activity moderation by parents is possible as they continually get email alert regarding their child’s on-goings alongside by the website’s personnel. Moreover a parent could do a selection from their personal set of Facebook buddies the individuals that their kids would be capable of connecting to via Togetherville hence they are aware of which people their kids interact with.

‘ScuttlePad of Orem’ is another social networking website created solely for children in the ages of six to eleven years of age and needs parent’s acceptance and restraint and closely restricts online activity of children. Solely ‘guided communication’ is permitted by the compulsory use of previously defined words listing for creating message and status update. Manual reviewing and approval of any photo posted is done by the staff. Also there is total assurance of no kind of predator, soliciting, harassing or bullies on their site.

Chief executive officer of the site, Chad Perry believes that with social networking becoming so omnipresent hence teaching kids the basics of social networking in the analogous manner parents would be teaching their child about safely crossing streets or bike-riding is increasingly important.

In most likelihood Facebook is observing such start-ups with keen attention. It is obviously in need of a substitute website for the scores of under-aged kids who join in on a daily basis so that it could prevent prospective lawful hassles & downbeat press. Moreover, Facebook is bound to spot the worthiness of a website which is prepping the gen-next of social networking user populaces.

In the interim, the recurrent premise for parents is that they must have active involvement in their kid’s social networking activities in the similar lines they would impart them other vital lessons of life. This is also applicable to when the kid is officially allowed joining Facebook.

Explained herewith are several rules on avoiding hazards and ways of helping your child in interacting risk-free on Facebook.

  • Those parents not having Facebook accounts should start probing about the varied forms of info that could be shared via social networking, confidentiality settings, rules and anticipations so that they could assist their children too in doing the analogous in future. Additionally checking the ‘Safety Center’ on Facebook as well as the website ‘SurfNetKids’.
  • Being aware of what could be shared and taught to your children. It is as basic as not sharing SSN on Facebook. Also posting email addresses or telephone numbers is better avoided. Also your family should avoid posting info on social networking sites about being off vacationing for a month or so – indicating that the residence would be vacant. The confidentially norms on social networking site such as Facebook are constantly changing, hence as a rule of thumb, ‘erring on the side of prudence’ is best when one shares any info.
  • Also one would never be teaching a kid to be untruthful in actual life hence not doing so on the net. Teaching children about not lying regarding how old they are for joining Facebook or for viewing videos. Additionally, encouraging kids about not using alias or anonymity on social networking sites as it likely attracts the bully and troll crowds. You certainly do not wish to be the parents who have to be guessing about who their child is interacting with when they message ‘flowerygirl30’.
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