September 20, 2015

How Protect Children on Facebook

As parents, we would like to protect our children from the noise of the social networking so John and I agreed that we will only give our kids celphone when they turn 16, and they will have Facebook account when they turn 18.

With heavy heart, we broke our agreement last night. We bought the the twins celphones (Juan will have to wait til he is in high school) and created FB accounts as most of their projects and homeworks are posted in Facebook groups.

Although Facebook is a nice tool to connect with friends and families here and abroad it has its downside too. John and I didn't want our children to have Facebook to avoid problems like identity theft, meeting online predators, internet addiction, lustful photos and videos, and cyberbullying.

Here are our tips on How Protect Children on Facebook:

1:  I will have access to their FB accounts until they turn 18.

2:  Their profiles is to private. By having a private profile only approved friends can view their information.

3:  There will be a set time to avoid excessive time spent in Facebook.

4: They cannot use their celphones while having classes

5: They will only add friends, classmates and relatives.

6:  They will not join groups unless it is school-project-related.

7:  They will have to prove that FB will not be a distraction but is a tool for school.

8: Requests and game invites is a big no-no as these contains malware that infiltrates computer system.

9:  No posting of negative stuff like bullying, anger and the like.

10: No posting of location where they are at the moment to avoid stalkers and bad people from harming them.

If you have other tips on how to protect children on Facebook, feel free to drop me a line or two.

"I'm not addicted to facebook! 
You know, I just use it whenever I have time. 
Lunch time, break time, bed time, off time, 
that time, this time, any time, all the time!"
-Source unknown

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