Thank you so much to everyone who came out to listen to Paul Davis talk to us about Social Media Safety. We had about 80 people in the audience! That was the largest turnout in Center Wellington, according to Paul. Here are some of the messages, for parents, we heard from the presentation:
- Parents own all of the phones our kids have – they are too young to sign the contract – parents lend kids phones. Parents are responsible.
- Always have all of your child’s passwords – its your phone – demand it.
- Never allow technology in bedrooms – nothing good happens at night via social media, having phone in room interrupts sleep. If it is in the room, kids will use it.
- Do random audits of your child’s phone. Read your child’s texts. You will find out about sexual activity, drugs and alcohol. It’s your phone. If kids don’t want you to read the messages – take the phone away.
- Don’t post where you are and what you’re doing – post where you have been and what you’ve done. No one needs real time information or photos.
- If your child is having trouble (inappropriate texts, photos, etc)
- Listen to your child. Sleep on it. Don’t over react. Be logical.
- Do not contact the other child’s parent.
- Print off any of the communication sent.
- Make sure your child does NOT respond to anything.
- Know how kids talk on-line and the abbreviations they use ( i.e., KPC – keep parents clueless). If you search online you will find many lists.