A Guide to Social Networks

A Guide to Social Networks

Announcement Date: October 6, 2013

Social Networking
Over the last few years Social networking sites, such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook, have become fantastically popular with children (and adults) – even with children as young as 8 & 9.

However it is essential that all parents/carers are aware of the information below which has been taken from the Facebook website.

“Facebook requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. In some jurisdictions, the age limit may be higher. Providing false information to create an account is always a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of under 13 year old children by older parties.

If your underage child (child under the age of 13) has created an account on Facebook, you can show them how to delete their account by having them log into their account and following this link.

If you would like to report an account registered for an underage child to us, please do so here. We will promptly delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that is reported to us through this form.” https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=217973418231710

There are many benefits of Social networking sites such as giving children the ability to express themselves using many ranges of media such as video, music, photographs and text.
Whilst it is fun to use Social Networking websites it is important to recognise the potential risks associated with them including Cyber bullying, contact by unknown adults/children and the misuse of information.
Within the Social Networking websites ‘Help/Privacy Controls’ settings there are tools built in to help you stay in control of the information which you post, and the information available to view by people you may not know.
Perhaps the most important of these are the Privacy settings.

You can set your profile to private, where no-one can see it.
To friends – where your profile is private to everyone except those friends you allow.
Or to public, where anyone can see your profile.

It is vital to talk to your children about the settings of their Facebook/Bebo/MySpace accounts and help them to think about the consequences of posting too much personal information, who could be reading the information both now and in the future.
Remember – there are tools to help you block content and people who you do not want to hear from!
There are also tools to allow you to check comments others are posting on your child’s page before it is actually added.

Tips for parents:

Get involved:become familiar with social networking sites.Ask your child about them,Create and account, find out about what it is about (it is free). Some sites have information and advice for parents.
Know how to use the safety tools on the service: privacy settings and how to block, for example
Agree on responsible use: agree on what is OK and not OK to post, always respect others, ask permission of those in photos before you post them.
Agree on rules: make sure your children know the safety tips. Know the SMART rules about giving out personal information and meeting up with people you don’t know.
Know where to report: if you experience abuse, get help.

Tips for children:

Check or set your privacy settings. Be in control of who can see your profile, or send you comments or copy your photos by setting the privacy settings.
Think before you post – Whether photos or text, whatever you post online can be made public very quickly and could stay online forever.
Respect your friends and others – Remember you can’t see the impact your words or images has on other people, so it’s important to show respect to people and be careful what you post.
Know how to use the safety tools – know how to block or pre-moderate comments for example.
Remember to respect copyright – using or sharing copyright material, such as music, without permission on your social networking pages, is breaking the law.
Know where to report and seek help – check you know where to report abuse to the service provider for example.

If you are still unsure… Please ask!!


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