It is common for the kids to start wanting more social independence as they grow up. Therefore they can be seen requesting for their own smartphones and social media accounts. The good thing is that all the websites, which have the members under the age group of 13 years should be acquiescent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which means these website cannot ask anyone of their young members for any personally identifiable information, like e-mail addresses and names.
Once your kids reach teen age, they will lawfully be permitted entree to all the social network. However, this by no means that children must not guard their personal information by being careful regarding the information that they share. According to Jo Webber, Ph.D., the CEO and founder of Virtual Piggy, parents must make the kids understand that the information published online could be seen by anyone.
Even if you delete an awkward photo, there is a good possibility that someone would download and repost the photo. Dr. Webber states, “Parents must make their children understand that once privacy is gone, you cannot get it back. You have no idea about who is getting the information on the other side.” This stands for parents as well. “Before posting anything on the social media about your kids, ask yourself if you would be happy if anybody had access to that information.”
Keep the passwords safe with yourselves, and never share them. Let your kids know that they can have their own social media profiles only if they agree for you to access their accounts. Dr. Webber advises that while creating user names, parents should ensure that the names don’t identify with the child. Also, the passwords should never have any personally identifying information, like – names, SSNs, phone numbers, birthdays or addresses). In its place, a good password must comprise numbers, letters and special characters. There are certain websites which have listed needs and automatic pointers to ask parents to make a password. Dr. Webber suggests that the password must be changed occasionally. Also, no password should be used twice. This will ensure that even if one of your password is stolen, the other accounts will stay safe.