Social media can be a dangerous place for young people. There are predators and cyberbullies masquerading as their friends, and most often young people do not know how to protect themselves.
However, protecting our youth extends beyond simply teaching them how to set their privacy settings. That’s where a family social media contract comes in.
It is intended to create an open environment where everyone in the family can discuss what happens on social media in a non-judgmental and non-controlling way. It is aimed at encouraging parents to talk with their kids and teenagers to talk with their parents.
A family social media contract might include things like:
It is important for parents to let your kids know that you trust them and simply want to be there when they need you to help keep them safe.
It is important for teenagers to let your parents know that you value your privacy and independence on social networks.
This can be a great way to keep young people safe while building trust and increasing communication within your family.
Originally published on FrancesLeary.com.