Social Media Safety Guides
Your children may spend a lot of time on social media websites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
These popular sites are great for communication, however sometimes children may share too much personal information, discuss inappropriate behaviour or unintentionally place themselves at risk by what they share online.
We have collated some useful guides for parents below which help parents find more about the safety features available on many popular social networks.
There are a number of safety tools such as Reporting, Blocking and Privacy Settings. We recommend that parents look through the safety guides from Facebook
- View Facebook Safety Tools
- Reporting photos/videos that violate my child’s privacy
- Blocking: prevent someone from contacting you or seeing your content
- Activity Log: a record of all of your Facebook activity
- Social reporting: to help people deal with concerns that do not break Facebook’s terms and conditions
- View As: see what your Timeline looks like to other people
- Timeline review: review photos or posts you’ve been tagged in before they appear on your Timeline
- App privacy: control what you share with third party apps on Facebook
- Tag review: lets you review tags that people add to your posts
- Location: review when your location is shared, inclusing how to remove location from existing posts
To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.
If you need to report an account belonging to someone under 13, you can visit the link below.
To be eligible to sign up for Twitter, you must be at least 13 years old.
However, the site does not ask for age upon registration.
Twitter suggest you contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your child is under 13 and using the site.
To be eligible to sign up for Instagram, you must be at least 13 years old.
To be eligible to sign up for WhatsApp, you must be at least 13 years old.