When we go online we often make our life look fabulous and fun, while reality is much more mundane. Many teens rely on their online life to boost their self-esteem. It is important to remember that what we see online is just a small portion of what is going on in someone’s life, usually the best parts. Let’s help others remember that social media is not reality. Check out this great video here that illustrates just that.
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Internet safety is not always about what not to do online. One part of being safe online is knowing what is ok to post. Each family has different views on what is ok to post on the internet. Take the time to have a tech moment with your children by sitting down and making a list of what is ok to post. You will not always be there to help them know what is ok to post, so share these questions that will help your child decide if it is ok to post:
- “Would I be happy if my parent, guardian or teacher saw this?
- Am I comfortable with people seeing this in a year, in two years or in ten years?
- Will this upset somebody by posting or sending this?
- If I send this, can I be sure that it won’t be shared with people I don’t want to see it?”
If their answer to any of these questions is no, then they should not post it. You can help your child feel that they can have a positive digital future.
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