Category Archives: Parents

Instagram partnered with Social Media and Education Expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., author of Social Media Wellness, to create a set of 10 questions Parents (and Educators) can use to guide a conversation with Teens about Instagram. Their intention is that these questions are used to learn more about how Teens are using Instagram, and to ensure they’re using the app in a positive way: What do you like about Instagram? What do you wish I knew about Instagram? How do likes and comments affect how you feel about a post? What are the top five Instagram accounts that you enjoy following? What are some things you think about before you post something on Instagram? If you have multiple Instagram accounts, what do you share in each account? Do you know your followers? (If your teen has a private account, ask them how they decide who follows them.) What do…

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WhatsApp has a dedicated safety portal and provides regular updates on its Terms of Service and new App Features. Below are some of their safety tips for Parents, Educators and Users alike: Terms of Service One way we help you stay safe on WhatsApp is through our Terms of Service. Our Terms of Service set forth the activities on WhatsApp that are prohibited. For instance, submitting content (in the status, profile photos or messages) that’s illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, harassing, hateful, racially, or ethnically offensive, or instigates or encourages conduct that would be illegal, or otherwise inappropriate violates our Terms of Service. We’ll ban a user if we believe that user is violating our Terms of Service. For more information about examples of activities that violate our Terms of Service, please review the “Acceptable Use of Our Services” section of our Terms of Service. On WhatsApp, we’ve created some basic…

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Do’s: 1. Be authentic – use a genuine profile picture, be honest in your bio and always tell the truth in your posts. 2. Understand the social media platforms you use – familiarize yourself with platform-specific features like geotagging and privacy. 3. Be respectful – Your opinion is not always the correct one, be respectful of other people’s views. 4. Report unacceptable behaviour – educate yourself on the dangers of cyberbullying, grooming, deepfake, etc. and learn how to screenshot, report and block! 5. Have fun, responsibly – Social Media platforms exist as a means to help all walks of life keep connected. Be responsible when using the platforms and also when it comes to the amount of time you spend on the platform. Don’ts 1. Don’t trust everyone you meet online – groomers and sexual predators exist and are very real! 2. Don’t share sensitive information – your ID number,…

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