By editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Looking around, it becomes obvious how digital devices have seeped into every aspect of society. And children are spending more time online than ever: The average young person spends 7.5 hours consuming media each day, and that’s just outside of school. Often, kids are more web-savvy than parents are.
Facebook is among the most commonly used social media website for youth. And children are accessing social media at an increasingly early age. According to the Daily Mail, 52% of youth between the ages of 8 and 16 have ignored Facebook’s official age limit of 13 to register.
Given the reality that children spend a lot of time online and have profiles on social media, below are tips on how to protect one’s digital presence and monitor your children's digital footprint.
Children will naturally not consider that what they publish online may become public record. Simply having conversations with your children about their social media presence can help. The things they publish on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog posts, or YouTube videos can remain online for the rest of their lives.
Below are talking points that may help your conversations with your children. They're also good reminders for adults!
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