Social Media Alert
Social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter have exploded in recent years and young surfers in particular become fans of this dynamic and high-tech way to connect with the world around them.
Just because children seem tech-savvy at increasingly younger ages, doesn’t necessarily mean that their brains are developing at the same rate as their digital acumen. Research shows that it takes children about 12 years to fully develop the cognitive structures that enable them to engage in ethical thinking. Before 12 it’s difficult, if not impossible, for a child to fully grasp the impact of their actions upon others, online or otherwise. Yet young children are increasingly joining social networking sites, sometimes even putting themselves in harm’s way by becoming victims of online harassment, solicitation, and cyber-bullying before they are ready to respond appropriately.
The school has recently discovered that some of our children are using an APP called "Musically". This APP has a legal age restriction of 13. Children accessing the site under the minimum age may be exposed to unsuitable material, or may be exposed to strangers. Children under the age of 13 are not yet old enough to safeguard themselves because the network does not have the level of security and protection required for a child under 13.
Please ensure you are aware of what social media – here are some helpful tips
Dos and Don'ts for Discussing Social Media Safety
- DO foster a culture of conversation in your family from the beginning.
- DON'T make social media a forbidden fruit.
- DO keep the conversation age-appropriate.
- DO make your child the expert.
- DON'T belittle your child's interest in social media.
- DO talk about your own social media use, if applicable.
- DO be transparent about monitoring.
- DO remind your kids that the Internet is not private.