A while back, I posted Ten Facebook Rules for Married Couples. As a follow-up, here are ten tips to consider (via All Pro Dad) for monitoring and protecting your kids on social networking sites like Facebook.
- Parents should know the login password and have access to their child’s page.
- Parents should customize their child’s settings to make their profile safer (privacy, visibility, etc).
- An e-mail of new posts, added friends, etc. should come to the family’s home e-mail address.
- Parents should consider having an account on Facebook themselves, and children should be expected to add and keep their parents as “friends.”
- Children should not add strangers as friends, or use the Facebook “chat” application to talk to strangers.
- Parents should set a limit on the time that children are allowed on Facebook.
- The computer should be kept in a common area of the house, such as a living room or play room, where it will always be in easy view.
- Children should never share personal information (address, phone number, pictures, etc.) with anyone on Facebook that they do not know well.
- Children should immediately tell their parents if they see anything or talk to anyone on Facebook that makes them uncomfortable; and parents should take immediate action to block or report that material.
- If the child breaks any of the set guidelines, his or her account should immediately be deleted and a probation period should begin until they re-earn their parents’ trust.
What do you think? Can you think of any other tips?