Facebook, a famous social networking platform, has released tips for online safety addressing teenagers, one of its vibrant audiences, in order to provide them safe user environment without any complication.
Online safety is an important conversation that the user can share with teenaged kids, where both parents and teenagers have roles to play. For parents, it’s a good idea to set limits for teenagers on how much time they can spend online – not least because there’s a lot of good fun activity that’s important to their development, like sports, music, and play.
“Being a parent can be a difficult job. We know parents can have a lot of questions about Facebook. Whether you have a personal account or your child has one, we’ve come up with some handy links, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your experience and help your child navigate their experience,” according to parents’ portal on the networking site.
With connect with online safety experts from around the world who offer resources for parents, Facebook requested parents to review tips for having a successful conversation with the child about online safety. It also asked the parents to know the basics – how to sign up, find friends, post and share – and familiarize them with policies and tools, as well as some best practices.
Even with online limits agreed, one still has to be sure that it’s time spent well and viewing content that’s interesting, engaging and most importantly, safe. Some of the steps from the parent’s portal on ensuring teenager’s online safety have been provided that parents can take to ensure their children’s online experiences are positive ones.
In this online world, teenagers are growing up. Take the time to introduce them to privacy and security protocols so that they know what’s safe and what’s not from an early age. It is noted that teenagers are curious by nature and will start to explore as they get older. The parental controls can be installed on phones, tablets, and laptops as well as a broadband connection.
The parents can block or filter content but also control how much time is spent online. Also, the teenagers know the time they can spend online and the websites, apps, and activities they can engage with. Boundaries should cover behavior when gaming, chatting or messaging too. Everyone knows that the Internet is an amazing resource for education and learning.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to risks involved, the Punjab Assembly about 10 years ago witnessed strong arguments on a bill that emphasized the harmfulness of mobile night packages – reportedly misused by teenagers and young people. At that time, the lawmakers passed a resolution unanimously to put an immediate ban on the late-night calling packages in the province.
The companies offered extremely low priced, on-net hourly calls, which ended up with sleepless nights of the young callers. About night callers, a physiatrist said that this habit is responsible for various mental and physical diseases, especially in young people. The parents requested the cellular companies to think about harms of the unmetered freedom they are giving to youth, for a long-term business benefit.
FACEBOOK TO PARENTS
Facebook acknowledged that teenagers might come across inappropriate content by accident will make them feel comfortable bringing it to the attention of their parents. The day teenager gets their first phone or tablet can be the day the parents draw up some easy-to-follow guidelines for online activity that the parents can stick by. It’s a parental responsibility to protect their children wherever they are, and that includes online.