Social Media Guides

These days, it’s hard enough to even keep up with all the new social networks popping up, never mind know how are kids are using them. BB, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Skype, Snapchat, WhatsApp, YouTube…. There are so many ways nowadays to share personal information online.

Social networks can be a positive influence, allowing friends to stay connected and as an educational tool, but they can also be a dangerous minefield for minors and adults alike. Cyber bullying, sexting, reputational damage and social media addiction are all very real concerns, especially for concerned caregivers.

For kids, social media is more than just a way of life – it can be life itself! But for many parents and teachers, this is a new world to navigate. But this new world is growing, and it’s here to stay:

A survey from internetmatters.org found that children as young as 11 post an average of 26 times a day and attract 100 followers to every one of their profiles – yet six out of 10 of them are not real friends.

Another study uncovered that:

  • Over five million Facebook users are under the age of 10, even though Facebook’s legal terms and conditions prohibit children under the age of 13 from using the site
  • Over 130 million Facebook users could be fake
  • 60% of kids have an account on one or more social media outlets
  • Kids spend more time online than they do in school or with their families
  • According to a Pew Research Center national survey, nearly six out of 10 teens say they met a new friend online
  • 20% of the teens who met people online followed up in person

So what should parents, guardians, teachers and mentors be doing to help our kids stay social-media savvy and keep their online lives positive and productive?

The articles on this website will help you keep your finger on the social media pulse. Education and communication are key, so spend some time learning about the latest networks and app, and get talking to your kids about how to avoid digital drama. Educating children about digital safety, empowering them, and engaging with them on what they are doing can make their social media lives a positive influences rather than a problem.

General Information

General Social Media information

Feeling left behind in the Social Media craze that has your kids glued to their screens? What is there you need to know about Social Media, see it here...

What is Social Media

What's the purpose of Social Media?

This simple ABC's of what is Social Media, a guide developed for parents to navigate the waters of Social Media and how it impacts on their kids online.

The Benefits

What are the benefits of Social Media?

So you have heard about the many pit falls of Social Media, why allow your kids to have Social Media accounts at all! Well, there is an upside to it...

Risks

The Risks of Social Media

Kids are spending a larger and larger percentage of their time online. A lot of that time is on Social Media, where they interact with friends and strangers.

Investigate

How to be sure of what your kids are up to?

You need to be sure your kids are safe on their Social Media accounts. Are they using everything you have learned to keep them safe online, see for yourself.

Skype

Using Skype, how to...

Skype is a popular Social Media channel, where your kids can communicate with friends, as well as total strangers! This is how you need to approach Skype...

Youtube

Watching Youtube, how to contain the risks

Kids love video, and it's obvious then that they will simply adore Youtube! With so many videos freely available, how can you protect your kids on Youtube?

Facebook Messenger

This is Facebook Messenger

Facebook is the largest Social Media channel on earth, and with it comes Facebook Messenger. It gives their friends, and total strangers chat access...

BBM

The popular BlackBerry chat program

BBM is the popular chat functionality that is made available from BlackBerry. Very popular in some circles of the youth, these are dangers you need to know.

WhatsApp

A guide to using WhatsApp

Whats app is hugely popular direct messaging software, that uses data to send messages instead of SMS credits. Here are the pitfalls for the youth today.

Snapchat

Snapchat images can live forever

Snapchat has taken the Social Media scene by storm since its launch, and with that comes its concerns. The concept of 'erasable' content is very flawed...

Instagram

The popular photo application

Instagram is a highly visual Social Media platform, that instantly exposes your child to a range of online concerns. Firstly, anyone can follow a subscriber.

Facebook

The most popular Social Media program

Facebook prides itself on being the largest Social Media platform used on the globe today. These users include your kids, and many predators, protect them...