Setting up social media guidelines
Some written guidelines about social media can help your child get the benefits of social media while using it responsibly, respectfully and safely. This agreement could be part of a family media plan. If these guidelines include your social media use as well as your child’s, you can be a positive role model.
Here are some things your guidelines could include.
Using social media
This might cover basics like:
- when it’s OK to use social media and how long your child can spend on social media
- whether it’s OK to use social media during homework time, family meals and so on
- where it’s OK to use social media – for example, only in family areas of the house, not bedrooms.
Posting content and comments
It’s important for your child to agree to:
- not uploading or sharing inappropriate messages, images and video
- showing respect in posts and when sharing content – for example, if it’s not OK to say or do something face to face, it’s not OK online
- seeking consent before posting images of others.
It’s a good idea to go through social media privacy guidelines and settings with your child.
Your child can protect their privacy by agreeing to:
- not share personal information like phone numbers, location and date of birth with strangers online, or with people they don’t know personally
- not add personal details like phone numbers or date of birth to private profiles
- regularly check privacy and location settings, especially on mobile phones
- keep passwords and log-in details private and not share these with friends
- log out after using public computers
- disable features like posting to multiple social media sites at once.
Staying safe on social media
Safety essentials for your child include:
- blocking and reporting people they don’t know or people who post upsetting comments or content
- not clicking on pop-ups – some pop-ups that seem safe can lead to pornography sites or ask for personal or financial information
- accepting friend requests only from people whose identity they know
- taking screenshots of concerning things they see online, and talking to a trusted adult about them.