Kids and social media

Jannet - posted on 07/30/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )




I have an 11 year old son who has already started to use Facebook without my permission. After I asked him, he gave me his login and password and now I can control his activity there. Nothing bad was found but I think that he will start using more social networks soon and my daughter will also start surfing online. I feel like it might become a full-time job for me to try to control their activity. Can anyone recommend something to control their online activities, alert me about dangerous behavior and give me peace of mind? Thanks!


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/03/2015




It's called 'parental controls'. Set up a separate user account, and apply parental controls. You find it in your Control Panel on your start menu.

Dove - posted on 07/30/2015




If my child started an online account w/out my knowledge and permission they would not be allowed access to any internet devices in our home for a good time (unless it was for homework and that would be supervised). I know they have friends w/ these devices, so if they are really deceitful it might not be eliminated... but they'd also be spending a lot more time at home for a while (which my teenagers do NOT enjoy when they can't have electronics) to make the point.

My teenagers do not have Facebook, but they do have Instagram... but did not GET Instagram until they were almost 13... They are always logged in to our home devices, so I scroll through daily. At 11 and w/OUT my permission? Oh no... not a chance.

Jodi - posted on 07/30/2015




How is your 11 year old doing this without your permission? Don't you monitor his internet usage? It really isn't a full time job - children this age don't NEED a smart phone giving them internet access. And they can have a computer in a common, supervised, area of the house. Where else are they signing up to social media if you have these strategies in place?

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