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The Parent’s Guide To Facebook

If you’ve got children, they want to be on Facebook. And for most of those children, online social networking is a reflection of their offline lives; however, for some, just as in their offline lives they sometimes can struggle to resolve their problems or conflicts. This struggle can manifest itself in negative ways online, amplifying and perpetuating the issues; and this is when harassment, cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content can happen.
Most online social network sites have age restrictions to combat some of these issues. For example, Facebook restricts membership to individuals 13 and over. According to a survey in 2010, approximately 37% of U.S. children were 10-12 years old, which means that each and every one of those children had to lie about their age in order to gain access to the site. It’s stats like these that just go to show how important it is to create an open dialogue with your children, so that you know what they’re gaining access to and can help them understand how to behave appropriately and in a safe manner. Once the lines of communication are open, it then becomes easier to explain how their Facebook accounts become expressions of themselves to the outside world, that photos and status updates can reflect positively or negatively on them, and the importance of privacy settings, to control who can and can’t see their posts. Okay, so maybe you feel as though you can’t rely on them to be completely honest with you about what’s going on in their world of social media – how do you monitor their activities and their safety then? The simplest way would be to get on Facebook yourself and add them as a friend (if they’ll accept you!). However, you still won’t be privy to their private chats and messages.
There are new software suites being launched that can help monitor their accounts for negativity and privacy issues on your behalf. BullGuard Premium Protection is one of these cutting-edge products, and offers social media protection for your children. It’s there when you can’t be, helping you to monitor your children’s Facebook profiles, including private messages, photos and friend lists.
BullGuard Premium Protection will flag all potential threats to your children’s safety, and notifies you each time it finds inappropriate content and ill-intended strangers. Keep your entire family safe with a combination of award-winning security with 24/7 monitoring to safeguard your entire digital life.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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